Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 3417 Know Your Professors Developing positive relationships with faculty is one way that you can directly influence the quality of your education. College faculty go by many titles: full professor, associate professor, assistant professor, adjunct faculty, instructor, and lecturer. Some may have taught for decades, whereas others may be straight out of graduate school. Regardless, these are the people who will impact the quality of your education. Many transfer students told us how important it is to get to know your professors. We think this is great advice. Your professors can and should be more than highly educated strangers who lecture and assign exams and grades. Professors can be mentors, advisors, and role models. The really good professors, and all colleges have many, will not simply teach and test you, they will challenge, motivate, and inspire you. Get acquainted with your professors Sit up front, ask questions, and visit professors during office hours. Most professors enjoy sharing their wisdom and knowledge with motivated students. They may provide academic guidance, share valuable career information, and serve as references for jobs and graduate school. Professors do more than teach. They conduct research, write books and journal articles, participate in professional organizations, and do consulting. Do an online search and visit the departmental website for a link describing each of your professor’s research and professional inter- ests. If you share a professor’s interests, volunteer to assist with his/her research. You’ll get to know the professor, increase your understanding of the topic, and gain research skills that will impress prospective employers and graduate schools alike. If you’re struggling in a class, talk to your professor. Meet during of- fice hours rather than trying to catch your professor before or after class. If you are enjoying the class and value the knowledge you are gaining, let your professor know.