Get to Know Your College Professors

on February 21, 2017

One of the best resources on a college campus is the professor at the front of the classroom.

 

Professors are the most knowledgeable people in their field and are well connected. Most want their students to do well and are willing to go above and beyond to help.

 

You’ll also need professors for all sorts of things. They’ll give you internship, job and fellowship recommendations. Maybe you’ll need to curve your grade at the end of the semester. And sometimes, when school is tough, you just need someone to talk to.

 

Here’s the best way to network with your professors:

 

Go to Class and Ask Questions

 

Unlike high school, most college courses don’t have mandatory attendance requirements. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t go to class. Go be heard and participate in the class discussion. Let your professor know who you are so you don’t become another face in the crowd.

 

Go to Office Hours

 

Professors are required to hold office hours for their students (some try to get away with using a graduate student instructor). Use this time to talk to your professors and find out if you are progressing in class. Take the initiative to ask questions about parts of the lecture you might not understand.

 

Learn About Their Research and Background

 

If your professor is speaking on a panel or hosting an event, try to attend. Find out what they are interested in and ask questions. Professors are people, too. They like when students show an interest in their research.

 

Ask about Opportunities

 

Professors are well connected — don’t be afraid to tap their professional network. Professors used to be students, have real-world experiences and taught students who have left school to do great things. Your professor can connect you to important people within their network.

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