About Me!

headshot of myself

My name is Sweekruthi Raghunathan. I'm a sophomore here at UW. Programming and dancing are two things I'm extememly passionate about. I'm originally from India and I currently live in Lynnwood, which is an hour away from campus by bus (phew!). This is my first class as a TA and I'm super excited about it!

Classes I'm taking this quarter

What I like

Tips for CSE 154

Web programming is a lot of fun. It's challenging, inspiring and powerful because by the end of this class, you'll be able to express ideas on the internet very easily. My main tip for you is to really invest time into this class. There's so much potential for exploration. Make sure you really dive into the depths of this class and aim for more than just good grades. Apart from that, here's a few tips to have fun in the class and also succeed in it:

  1. Go to the WPL and work/study there even if you don't have questions, because sitting in a room full of people programming around you can serve as motivation.
  2. Read the specification for each homework closely and repeatedly as you work on the assignment. Print a hardcopy and highlight the key points on it if you want. The spec usually answers a lot of questions and contains subtle hints that are very helpful in working toward the right solutions.
  3. Make notes about non-programming concepts/topics covered in lecture as the quarter progresses, so you don't have to spend time on making them just before an exam. It's helpful to quickly run through them before you walk into the exam room or simply have them for reference during the exam as well.
  4. Practise it and Code Step By Step are great for extra practise. They give instant feedback, which I found to be helpful.
  5. Homework assignments carry more weightage than exams, so make sure to take advantage of that.
  6. Implement previous homework feedback before submitting any future homework assignments. This will likely save you some precious homework points.
  7. Be consistent and do the work: attend lectures, sections and labs. Good grades will follow automatically.
  8. Lastly, the pace of this class and the material being covered will probably need a bit of getting used to at first. Give it time, keep practising and you'll soon get the hang of it.

Get in touch

I'm happy to answer any questions that you might have about class material or TAing. Email me (raghus@uw.edu), reach out to me just before, during or just after section/lab or head to the WPL.

Here are some random pictures

picture of my family

My family

photo from my recent dance concert

From my recent performance at UW

photo from my summer

From this summer

one of my best friends, Natalie one of my best friends, Yuyan

My best friends