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January 27, 2016

Making the Most of Time with Your Professors

Even though four years (give or take a year, for some) may not sound like a very short amount of time, it goes by quickly (sappy senior moment)! Between classes, homework, socializing and possibly even working, your schedule fills gaster than you may think. College is a time to study, to socialize, to learn what inspires you and pursue that. In my experience, however, one of the most impacting things about college has been my interaction with my professors.

I know, it seems impossible that you could possibly squeeze anything else into your college schedule. But hear from someone who has experienced it: making the most of your time with your professors will not only impact your academic career, it will also impact your life.

Take advantage of their office hours. Most professors have specific times that are available for you to just walk into their office and chat with them. They’re great for getting help on assignments, but it’s also a good idea to just stop in and have a conversation with your professor! I learn something new every time I visit one.

Schedule an appointment with your professor. If you can’t make it during their office hours, ask when a good time would be for them to meet with you. Invite them out for coffee! Geneva College’s professors are often available and eager to get to know their students better; all you have to do is ask.

Scan the dining hall before you choose a seat. Whenever I’m eating, I notice there’s always at least one professor sitting by themselves. Join a professor for lunch or dinner! I always have a great time sharing stories from my high school years with my professors over lunch …  and you occasionally get lucky and get to hear one of theirs!

Arrive to class a little early. It’s hard when you have an 8 a.m. I get it. I understand. But it’s worth waking up and getting to class a little early, because there’s a good chance your professor is there. It’s a great time to go over assignments, share concerns, or just have small talk. Spending time with people is the number one way to build relationships, and having good relationships with your professors is helpful!

Ask questions! Asking questions is the best way to get answers, and it’s also a great way to build relationships with your professors. Ask questions in class, so that they get to know who you are. Ask questions about their past teaching experiences, ask about the projects they’re working on, ask about class assignments. Geneva professors are more than welcome to provide answers!

Professors are a huge part of the college experience, and arguably will make the most impact on you. Taking the extra time and effort to speak with them outside of a classroom setting will strengthen your relationships with them and will help you make the most out of your time in college!

—Mikayla Covington ’16

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