Each Sophomore College course has two SCAs (Sophomore College Assistant). SCAs are an integral part of a residential and experiential learning community such as Sophomore College. A unique benefit of being an SCA is the relationship with faculty, who frequently become mentors or research advisors to the SCA. Course faculty select SCAs for a particular class based on their academic background in the topic, their past community-building experience, and their maturity and potential to be a class leader. SCAs also begin to understand course material at a deeper level, gaining a new perspective on their own learning. Mentoring younger students prompts SCAs to reflect and understand their own journey at Stanford while developing leadership abilities. SCAs develop skills in logistics, event planning, and budgeting, as they coordinate the details of field trips, guest speakers, and special events that enhance the classroom learning. And of course, SCAs participate in all the fun activities that are a key part of Sophomore College.
“My most important experience was during ‘SCA office hours’ when multiple students brought their questions to me. I loved being able to help them out, and it was great to know that they had the comfort around me and confidence in my knowledge to approach me for help.”
“It was a lot of work, but very rewarding, to set up class activities, such as going to Google and the Computer Science Museum. Getting to talk with experts on their home turf added a rich dimension to our classroom learning.”
“My most important experience was working with my co-SCA and learning more about my own leadership style and role in a team.”
“Day-to-day life in the dorms -- helping students with papers, discussing ideas, or just talking about general life was the most important part of being an SCA.”
“The best part of being an SCA was getting to know and forming relationships with the sophomores, and helping them/giving advice for their future at Stanford.”
“One of my most valuable experiences as an SCA was being able to experience the course from the perspective of a teacher, rather than that of a student.”
“The most important experiences related to listening and learning from each participant, bonding with my co-SCA, getting to know my professor better while becoming more comfortable around him, and serving as a small-group leader who cares for the participants.”
Candidates will be vetted with campus partners, such as Residential Education, Office of Community Standards, and Undergraduate Advising and Research, Office of Accessible Education, and Vaden Health Center/Counseling and Psychological Services. Note: Vaden will not share confidential health information with the program, but may identify a concern with an applicant's readiness to participate, to be further addressed directly with the applicant.
Sophomore College reserves the right to revoke the appointment at any point prior to the program should there be any changes to a student's eligibility, qualifications, standing at the University, or readiness to participate in the program. Sophomore College will notify the student should there be any concerns and any such revocation would typically be preceded by discussions with the student.
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