Why You Should Get to Know Your Professors

They seem scary and all too powerful. They are the givers of exams and homework, the creators of curves and extra credit, and the receiver of too many emails in which the response is, “check the syllabus”. They are…Professors. While the task may seem daunting, getting to know your professors could be a powerful tool to add to your education!

1.They are human too.

They have a life outside of academia. They go home to a family or friends at the end of the day. They have hobbies and past times they enjoy.  They are in many ways just like you!

2. Need some advice?

Each individual has their own incredible story. Take the time to talk to your professors to learn about incredible experiences they have had. They have experienced many of the things we have and can offer you advice on the challenges you face as a student and future professional.

3. Hello references!

Someday you will apply for a job, scholarship, grad school, medical school, or what ever it may be. When you do, you will need references. Professors make excellent references. Enough said.

4.  Bring on the opportunities!

Your professors have tons (yes, tons) of contacts. Those contacts often reach out for help finding qualified individuals for internships, jobs, research, what ever it may be. A relationship with your professor can easily put you in contact with these people, which can result in any of the above!

5. They are some of the coolest people you will ever meet.

I truly mean it. They are such interesting people with the greatest stories and the most interesting thoughts! You never know what you will gain from a conversation with these people.

I cannot stress enough the importance of getting to know your professors. I’m not saying you have to get to know every single one, but if you get to know a few along the way, I guarantee you will not be disappointed. I have gotten to know quite a few professors, and so many great opportunities and memories have come out of those relationships. So, muster up some courage and go say hello!

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