It's important to make a connection with your professors while in college. Having a professor or two that you trust to be your mentor(s) can help you make important decisions not only while you are in college, but after graduation as well.
I came across the article From Professor to Lifelong Mentor: How to Establish the Connection by Nicole Glass on USA Today Educate, and I think it is worth sharing. Here are Glass' four tips, summarized in my own words, on how to create a bond with your professors:
1. Go the extra mile.
The first step is to simply show your professor that you care by listening in class. If you are interested in what they are talking about, it's even better, because now you two have something in common.
2. Know the individual.
If you demonstrate that you will work hard in a professor's class, the professor is more inclined to put forth an effort to get to know you and give you advice. It's also important to remember that just like you are a student with a life outside of the classroom, your professor has a personal life too.
3. Let your colors shine.
Don't just blend in with all the other students by sitting in the back row and never joining in on the classroom discussion. Stand out by showing your personality in class. Share your opinions and thoughts.
4. Don't neglect your contacts.
You can still form a relationship with a professor after you've finished their class or graduated from college. Send them and email to keep in touch. Professors really do enjoy hearing from former students.
As I see it, professors have office hours for a reason. They are a resource for you! Stop by and talk to them. Ask for their opinion about a job opportunity. Get their help with a homework assignment. Professors are full of great advice, and they can help you grow both academically and professionally if you give them a chance.
Happy Holiday Season 2013
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