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UCSB TA Horror Stories

With procrastinating for midterms/finals, going to work and still trying to have a social life, it seems that there’s always something to worry about. Whether it’s debating between going to the beach or the library, having a GNO or staying in to do homework, one thing is for sure: we need some guidance by our beloved professors and TAs to help us through these crises, right?! WRONG! Even our TAs add stress to our lives!

Check out these TA horror stories provided by none other than your fellow Gauchos!

1. The All-American TA

“I am a foreign exchange student, I went to my TA for some help on our weekly class assignment and my English isn’t good. She didn’t help me, only ‘advice’ she gave me was ‘if you took the time to learn English properly, everything will become so much easier for you.'”

YIKES!

 

 

2. The Know-It-All

“I went to my TA’s office hours so she can help me with my English paper and every time I asked her if I was making sense or going in the right direction, all she would say was: ‘I don’t know, I can’t think for you. That’s not my job as your TA.'”

Umm, does this TA know who she’s speaking to?

 

 

3. The Next Bachelor

“I had this TA my second year and since science isn’t my strongest subject I would constantly go to his office hours and ask for help, I would even schedule appointments outside of his office hours because I just really needed the extra help. Well, I guess he took that the wrong way. He gave me his number (which I thought was totally normal and had good intentions when he gave it to me) and I called him once to ask about midterm questions. As the quarter was ending he started calling and texting me about thing not related to class. I told him that it wasn’t right and he stopped, but still, it was so weird!”

Can we say, awkward?

 

 

4. The Party Hard Isla Vistan TA

“Once, during my second year at UCSB I went to a party in IV with my friend and as soon as I walked in, I saw my TA. There was no way around it, we were in front of each other and made eye contact. We said ‘Hi,’ then walked past each other.  I never saw him the same way again.”

Hey, TAs gotta have fun too, right?

Elizabeth Vasquez graduated from UC Santa Barbara back in 2016 with a BA in English. Elizabeth currently resides in the Silicon Valley area and works for Modern Luxury Silicon Valley magazine as a marketing & events coordinator. When she isn't working, Elizabeth enjoys dining out with friends, reading a book and spending time with her two dogs. See what she is up to on Instagram: @iamelizabethvasquez and on Twitter: @MissElizabethLV
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