Getting Help

Having questions or getting stuck on something is entirely expected in the learning process. If you find something challenging with your studies, that is a sign you are learning! Learning is not something that you need to do alone though! In fact, connecting with your peers or asking a member of the course staff for help can add extreme depth to your knowledge.

  • Synchronous Help (Office Hours): One place to go to get help is our Office Hours hosted throughout the week. TAs staff office hours for many hours a day to provide you the help you need when you need it! This is a great place to go if you want to review a particular course concept, work on a practice problem with the help of a TA or your peers, or get help on a Creative Project or Programming Assignment if you are running into difficulties.


    A common misconception is that you can only go to office hours with specific homework questions. That is not true! If you have any questions about course concepts (e.g., from class that day), you are super encouraged to go work on that concept with a member of the course staff at office hours! Getting help with a concept earlier, when you first are feeling unsure, is much better than saving it until you need it on the homework.

  • Asynchronous Help (Ed Discussion): With a class of our size, directly emailing a member of the course staff is not always recommended. There are many of you and only few of us, so if you email one person directly we can’t make a guarantee how quickly we can respond! To alleviate this one-on-one communication of email, we have a course discussion board that will be a much more lively place for discussion and a way to make sure you can are helped more quickly. The message board is set up so that all of the course staff can help you, which will make it more likely for you to receive a quicker response!

    Ed Tips

    • If you are asking a general question about the course logistics or content, you can make a public post. This way other students can benefit from seeing your question, and you can even answer each other’s questions to share your perspectives!
      • If you want, you can choose to post anonymously so that other students in the course can’t see your name. Note that anonymous posting does not hide your identity from the course staff.
    • You’re encouraged to answer each other’s questions as well! Explaining a topic to someone else (even on a discussion board) is a great way to help you better understand the material. The course staff will still look over student answers and can nicely point out some misconception if there is one so that everyone benefits.
    • If you have a question that’s pretty specific to your homework solution, or, is about some personal details that you would not want to share with the class (e.g., DRS accommodations), you can make a private post on Ed that is only visible to the course staff. This way, any member of the staff can respond to get you the help you need!
    • For sensitive matters that you only want to discuss with Miya, you can instead email Miya if that makes you feel more comfortable. Note that the response time for Miya’s email is longer than posting on the Ed board.


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Office Hours

Mondays 1:30-3:00pm, Fridays 12:30-1:30pm
CSE 206 or Zoom

Miya Natsuhara she/her/hers


Hi all, I’m Miya! I’ve lived in various parts of the Seattle area for all of my life (Renton, Bellevue, Downtown Seattle) and now live in West Seattle. We’ve been considered a temporary island out here for the past 2.5 years as the West Seattle Bridge has been closed but it’s recently opened so we are happy to reunite with the greater Seattle area!

I graduated with a BA in Mathematics along with a BS and MS in Computer Science from the Allen School here at UW. I had no knowledge of programming or Computer Science when I started at UW, and only very reluctantly took the first Introduction to Programming class when pressured by my family to give it a try. When I enjoyed the class more than I expected, I went on to take the next class in the sequence and then became a TA for these classes the following quarter. I continued to TA for these classes throughout my undergrad and grad school. After I graduated I spent about 2 years as a Software Engineer at Microsoft on the Visual C++ Libraries Team before returning my focus to teaching to spend more time with you all!

Outside of teaching, I spend lots of time with my objectively-adorable fluffy tricolor corgi Gumball and enjoy experimenting with new baking challenges and cozy knitting projects. Looking forward to a fantastic quarter with you all - please feel free to stop by and chat!

Teaching Assistants

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Andrew Awada he/him/his


Quiz Section: AB

Hi I’m Andrew and I’m a Junior studying Computer Engineering! This will be my 5th quarter TAing the intro series, and I’m super excited to get to know you all! Outside of that, I love running, hiking, and doing pretty much anything outdoors. Looking forward to making sure 122 is as fun as possible this quarter :)

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Andrew Cheung he/him/his


Quiz Section: BD

Hi everyone! I’m Andrew, a fifth-year masters student in the Allen School. This is my first quarter teaching 122 and my 11th quarter TAing intro. Super excited to see everyone! Outside of school, you can find me learning how to draw, struggling on the StairMaster, and trying to beat Persona 5 (im so bad at rpgs please help). I love getting to know people, so feel free to reach out if you want to chat!

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Audrey Lin she/her/hers


Quiz Section: BP

Hi there, I’m Audrey! I’m a sophomore majoring in computer science with a minor in music and business. In addition to being a TA, I’m a violinist, cyclist, and video game lover. My new years goal is to learn how to rock climb! Looking forward to a great quarter with everyone :)

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Evelyn Yang she/her/hers


Quiz Section: AH

Hi! My name is Evelyn and I am a senior majoring in computer science. I am a Myers-Briggs INFJ and an enneagram type 1. I grew up in the Seattle area and some of my favorite things include cats, reading, and spending time with friends!

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Joe Spaniac he/him/his


Quiz Section: BK

Hi there! My name is Joe and I’m a senior in the Allen School this year. I happen to have a niche interest in theatrical lighting design, so if you ever want to talk shop about your favorite musical or play I’d be happy to hear about it! I also got into crocheting this summer so if you see me around with a bag of yarn that’s probably why. Looking forward to seeing everyone in the IPL this quarter!

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Melissa Lin she/her/hers


Quiz Section: AA

Hi everyone! My name is Melissa and I’m in my 4th year in the Allen School. This is my 2nd time TAing CSE 122, but 7th quarter TAing overall. Some of my hobbies include crocheting, bouldering, and watching Netflix shows (some favs are Gilmore Girls, Brooklyn 99, and Avatar The Last Airbender). Super excited to meet you all! Feel free to reach out to ask questions or just to chat about anything :)

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Poojitha Arangam she/her/hers


Hey everyone, I’m Poojitha! I’m currently a junior pursuing a double degree in Computer Science with the Data Science option and Mathematics. I grew up in Mukilteo, WA, just outside of the Seattle area. This is my 8th quarter TA! Outside of school, I love to go hiking, play tennis and badminton, spend time with friends and family, bake sweet treats, and visit new places.

I’m really excited for CSE 122 and meeting all of you! If you have any questions this quarter or just want to chat, please feel free to reach out any time.

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Ambika Shastry she/her/hers


Quiz Section: BR

Hi, I’m Ambika! I am from Bellevue, WA and am a freshman intending to major in Computer Science. I enjoy dancing, reading, and watching movies in my free time. It is my first time being a TA and I’m really excited to be a part of this course! I am looking forward to meeting and working with everyone :)

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Atharva Kashyap he/him/his


Quiz Section: AC

Hello everyone! I am Atharva, third-year studying Computer Science. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, watching comedy shows, playing board games, and walking dogs. Excited to meet and get to know you all this quarter!

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Autumn Rhee she/her/hers


Quiz Section: AO

Hi, I’m Autumn! I’m a second-year student majoring in Computer Science, and I’m thrilled to be a TA for CSE 122. Outside of classes and coding, I love sampling new foods, walking my dog, and watching the sun set. My favorite season? Probably Winter. Excited to meet all of you soon!

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Ayush Agrawal he/him/his


Quiz Section: BN

Hi everyone! My name is Ayush and I am a sophomore majoring in CS from Kirkland, WA. This is my first time TAing and I am very excited to meet everyone. Outside of school, I love playing tennis and doing Brazilian jiu-jitsu, watching football, and spending time outdoors. I’m looking forward to working with all of you this quarter!

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Ben Wang he/him/his


Quiz Section: BA

Hi everyone, my name is Ben and I’m super excited to be your TA this quarter! A little about me: I was born in Chicago and currently live in the greater Seattle area. Outside of class I enjoy playing basketball, reading science fiction, and watching The Office. I also recently got into collecting hot sauces. Feel free to reach out with any questions or if you just want to chat!

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Colton Harris he/him/his


Quiz Section: AR

Hey y’all! I’m a sophomore majoring in computer engineering and minoring in physics but some of my other favorite subjects include genetics and game theory. I’m also really into board games, graphic design, and Tolkien. If you have any good board game recommendations please reach out! I’m looking forward to meeting as many of you as I can this quarter :)

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Connor Aksama he/him/his


Quiz Section: BL

Hello! I’m Connor, I’m a third-year CS major from Duvall, WA. In addition to Computer Science, some of my favorite things are cooking, playing music, Minecraft, watching anime, and the TV series Community. Come and ask me about how I spent a week debugging two lines of code, my favorite Technoblade (o7) moments, the Darkest Timeline, or how to set your heart ablaze! :o

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Darel Gunawan he/him/his


Quiz Section: BJ

Hi! My name is Darel and I’m currently a sophomore majoring in computer science with a minor in math. In my free time, I enjoy playing video games with friends, playing/watching basketball, and most recently bouldering. I’m super excited to TA this quarter and I’m looking forward to meet all of you!

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Di Mao she/her/hers


Quiz Section: BB

Hi! I’m Di, a second-year excited for the quarter :>. Academically, I’m fascinated by the intersections between computer science and neuroscience. In my free time, I’m listening to music, probably kpop, and creating art. Currently, I’m an artist for Grey Matters, a neuroscience journal here at UW. I’m excited to meet you all, feel free to swing by my office hours to chat!

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Eesha Kunisetty she/her/hers


Quiz Section: BI

Hello! I’m a CS major and I’m excited to TA CSE 122 this quarter. I like trying new foods, crafting things, whether that be knitting, crocheting, or quilting, and watching travel vlogs. Don’t be shy to reach out and I’ll do my best to get us through the quarter!

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Elizabeth Shirakian she/her/hers


Quiz Section: BQ

Hey, I’m Elizabeth! I am currently a sophomore majoring in informatics and I’m really excited to be a 122 TA again this quarter! Outside of school I enjoy writing music, I teach at my local Armenian school and I love watching movies so let me know if you have any good film recommendations! :)

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Ernie Liu he/him/his


Quiz Section: AG

Hi everyone! My name is Ernie. I’m from Taipei, Taiwan, and I am a senior studying ACMS(data science & statistics). In my free time, I enjoy exploring boba shops, playing golf and basketball. Looking forward to meeting y’all.

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Gabe Guo he/him/his


Quiz Section: BG

Hey everyone! My name is Gabe and I’m a second year studying computer science. I was born and raised in Camas, Washington. I’m a plant dad, 1902 Sizzle-and-Crunch bowl eating champion, olympic weightlifter and snowboarder, and X Games longboarder. My latest interest is Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, so let me know if you want to grapple!

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Jasmine Chi she/her/hers


Quiz Section: BH

Hi everyone, I’m Jasmine! I’m currently a second-year here at UW, and I’m really excited to be a TA for CSE 122 this quarter. Outside of school, I love reading new books(always open to book suggestions!), hiking around Washington, and trying new baking recipes. I’m also a pretty big fan of F1! Can’t wait to get to know everyone this quarter and feel free to reach out about anything :)

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Jin Terada he/him/his


Quiz Section: AQ

Hi! My name is Jin and i’m a 4th year finishing up my degree in Electrical Engineering! I love my major because i’m super interested not just in software but hardware as well so it’s a perfect middle-ground for me to explore both coding and hardware :) I care about education a lot and will always be here to advocate for and support your success in this class <3Outside of school, I love playing tennis and doing Brazilian jiu-jitsu, watching football, and spending time outdoors. I’m looking forward to working with all of you this quarter!

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Joey Krueger he/him/his


Quiz Section: AN

Hey everyone,

My name is Joey, nice to meet you! Much like you, I love Computer Science, so much so that it’s my major here at the UW. I’m currently in my junior year of study, but I’m actually a transfer student. I was out of college for 6 years before returning to finish my bachelor’s - I’m older than I look!

I want you to be find success this quarter for CSE 122, whatever that looks like for you. If you need help with anything, reach out to me and let’s talk!

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Julia Kharchenko she/her/hers


Quiz Section: AL

Hi everyone !! This will be my first time TAing and I’m so excited to be here)) I’m currently a sophomore double majoring in CS (Data Science concentration) and Informatics and am really passionate about working to develop NLP in Slavic languages, especially Ukrainian! I’m always free to talk about anything, from cool CS topics to Eurovision) I can’t wait to get to know all of you throughout the quarter! :-) (P.S. I’m always down for random cat photos sent to my email too..)

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Karen Haining she/her/hers


Quiz Section: AJ

Hi, I’m Karen! I’m a third-year majoring in computer science and piano performance, and am super excited to TA 122 again this quarter! In addition to TAing, I’m also part of the Husky Satellite Lab, working on sending our second cubesat into space! Outside of school, I enjoy reading, rowing, bouldering, ultimate, and sewing. I also love bunnies, so if any of you have a pet bunny, please bring them to class send a pic my way! I’m really looking forward to this next quarter with you all–feel free to reach out if you want to chat about anything!

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Ken Oh he/him/his


Quiz Section: BM

Hi guys! My name is Ken. I’m a sophomore intending to major in CS. In my free time, I enjoy playing sports, watching shows, and playing Valorant (but I’m trash). Excited to get to meet everyone!

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Kent Zeng he/him/his


Quiz Section: AS/BS

Hi everyone! My name is Kent and I’m a senior studying computer science with a minor in math. In my free time I like to read (currently reading Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari). Excited to learn with you all this quarter!

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Kevin Nguyen he/him/his


Quiz Section: BE

Hey everyone, I’m Kevin! I’m a second-year studying CS, and I’m excited to be a TA for this course. Outside of school, I enjoy watching basketball, working out, and hanging out with my friends. I’m looking forward to a great quarter with you all! Feel free to reach out to me anytime :)

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Leon Li he/him/his


Quiz Section: AP

Hey everyone! I’m Leon and am currently a senior studying computer science. Outside of classes, I enjoy watching/playing sports, trying out new restaurants, eating hotpot, and recently started reading more (just finished Harry Potter)! I am super excited to meet all of you and look forward to a great quarter :)

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Lilian Law she/her/hers


Quiz Section: BC

Hi I’m Lilian! I’m a second year student and my intended major is informatics or CS. I love all things tech and enjoy playing violin and Magic: The Gathering. Feel free to talk to me about any of my interests!

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Logan Milandin he/him/his


Quiz Section: AE

Hey guys! I’m a computer science BS/MS student in my second-to-last quarter of the program. In my time at UW I have completed a minor in experimental physics, and I have done some research in applied computer vision for Project Sidewalk with the Makeability Lab. I’m also especially interested in hardware and embedded systems, and more recently quantum physics and quantum computing. I have TA‘d for CSE142, CSE312, CSE332, and most recently CSE473, and I’m excited to be doing intro again. After college I will be starting at Microsoft as a software engineer on Windows this fall, and I hope to eventually return to school to teach and/or pursue a doctorate. Outside work I like to run, rock climb, hike, and travel. I look forward to meeting you all this quarter!

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Megana Kommareddy she/her/hers


Quiz Section: AF

Hi everyone, I’m Megana! I’m currently a second-year studying computer science, and I’m really excited to TA this quarter! In my free time, I love running, reading (let me know if you have any good thriller recs!), and watching TV shows! I can’t wait to meet everyone this quarter, so please don’t hesitate to reach out :)

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Michelle Morris she/her/hers


Quiz Section: AD

I am a senior majoring in Computer Science. In my free time I like to travel, hang out with my friends, and watch tv! I’m excited to meet and work with you all this quarter!

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Shivani Modi she/her/hers


Quiz Section: AK

Hello, I’m Shivani! I’m studying computer science and am from Sammamish, WA. Outside of computer science, I love going to coffee shops, reading, and spending time with friends. My favorite TV shows are Gilmore Girls, White Collar, and Grey’s Anatomy. I’m so excited to TA this quarter and meet all of you! Feel free to stop by my office hours if you ever want to chat :)

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Steven Nguyen he/him/his


Quiz Section: AM

Hi everyone!! My name is Steven and I’m a second-year studying computer science. I’m from Vancouver (WA, not BC!) and in my free time I love exploring the PNW with my pals. Some of my biggest passions include binge watching TV shows (currently through the first season of The Boys), competitive swimming, attending concerts, and winning free Starbucks at UW football games (I know, little bit odd but I have a strategy). I am SUPER excited to be working with you and I can’t wait to get to know you this quarter! Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or just wanna chat :)

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Thomas Lee he/him/his


Quiz Section: BF

Hi, my name is Thomas. I am currently a third year majoring in Finance and Informatics. Outside of the classroom, I enjoy playing basketball and trying new restaurants. I am looking forward to meeting everyone and having a great quarter together!

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Vivek Prakriya he/him/his


Quiz Section: BO

Hi everyone!! My name is Vivek, and I’m a sophomore CS and Physics major from Redmond, WA. This is my second quarter TAing 122, and I’m super excited to meet y’all.

Outside of school, I love watching sports (huge Seahawks fan), playing guitar, and following chess (although I’m a very mediocre player). Feel free to reach out if you want to talk about course content or anything really!