Meg Delaney, Radio/Television/Film, class of 2014
Meg led a student-organized seminar in the School of Communication on the topic of TV's Working Women in spring 2014.
Leading a class was a wonderful experience. I went into the quarter knowing my role would involve planning classes and making PowerPoints, but I didn’t realize how much I would grow and learn as both a student and a leader.
I never would have guessed how much I would learn by researching for materials, leading class discussions, and reading student projects. Going into the experience, I had a fairly extensive knowledge of the subject, but leading this class opened me up to new perspectives, different opinions, and ultimately a better understanding of the topic.
The opportunity taught me a lot about a classroom experience from both the student and instructor point of view. Having experienced classes for almost four years as a student, it was rewarding to see what goes into a class from the other side. I underestimated the amount of planning and work done before a course actually started. Choosing appropriate readings and screenings to create an in-depth syllabus was very challenging and time-consuming, but I also found it to be very interesting.
I also learned that the best discussions came from the questions created by the students about topics chosen by the students. By the end of the quarter we were able to offer a good balance of pre-chosen topics, along with other topics suggested by the students. This combination was very effective at increasing participation and engagement, and it taught me that honest and candid feedback between students and instructors can make for a very productive classroom environment.
Overall, I absolutely loved leading the seminar. It was a great way to wrap up my undergraduate time at Northwestern by becoming very engaged in a subject I am passionate about. I was able to better understand the topic by leading the seminar, and I thoroughly enjoyed spreading my enthusiasm and knowledge about the topic with my peers. It is a relaxed, constructive, and unique learning environment for everyone involved.