Rewards of Being a Professor
TK University professor Ayanna Howard on her rewarding job of working with students.
Being a faculty member, someone once told me it's the most rewarding experience you can ever have. Think about why individuals, in general, start startups. Right, because they think that they have something to offer society, or a product, or some aspect.
And unlike a startup where you start off with zero, like, OK, how am I going to do it. Now imagine that a VC gives you money for an idea you haven't even talked about. So that's what it's like to have to be a faculty member starting up.
It's this exciting time, also terrifying. But it's very rewarding when you do achieve those goals. And you do come up with a product or a research idea that gets published. Or a student graduates or gets adopted by society, it's like, oh, I did this right.