What are CS Pods?
CS Freshmen Pods are designed to build CS community and connect students to CS-specific resources. Each student will be able to choose a Pod with a small group of other first-year students. Each CS Pod will contain a seminar which is used to teach freshmen about the Computer Science major, the College of Natural Sciences, and University. Pods also have linked courses that everyone in the Pod take together! An experienced CS mentor and CS staff facilitator will lead the weekly 1-hour seminar meetings on several topics from time management to how to turn in your CS homework. Each seminar will also have a social aspect planned by their mentor.
How do I join?
During Orientation, you will register for your first semester of classes, including your CS Pod. You will choose either a CS 312 Intro to Programming Pod or a CS 314 Data Structures Pod. Don't worry! The seminar class within the Pod doesn't add any hours to your schedule and we don't assign homework, so you will have plenty of time to focus on your other classes!
Who are the CS Pod mentors?
The CS Pod mentors are exceptional leaders and students at UT! All of them are Computer Science majors who have encountered many of the issues you may face your first year. Your mentors will contact you near the end of the summer to introduce themselves and to set up any activities or events they may have planned for the weeks before classes start. You will also have a CS staff member or advisor that will help to facilitate your meeting. They are an experienced contact person if you have issues that you and your mentor need help solving.