Alok Menghrajani

Security engineer at Square. Previously co-author of Hack and put the 's' in https at Facebook. Maker of CTFs.

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This semester, I'm TA-ing 2nd year computer science students. My main responsability is to help the students with their assignments.

I think TA-ing is a great experience and I'm getting a lot out of it.

One thing I struggle with is that I find coding has become an intuitive process for me and it's not always easy to explain my thought process using words.

I try to give examples and repeat what the professor thaught using my own words, but I sometimes get back blank stares in response. Sometimes, I end up giving a simplified theory to hid some of the complexity. I hope the students don't feel that I'm lying to them?

I found grading to be frustrating. It's hard to strike the balance between being an easy and harsh grader.