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Is it important to have good relationships with my professors?


I think it is very important to build a good network both for your own support and for professional means, professors can be great mentors for life and can also help you get through college. But I think it is also important to be yourself: - Don't do things just because you think the teacher will like you. - Good recommendations are genuine and you won't get that if you don't show your real self. - Stand out amongst other students, but do it being your unique self. At the end of the day, passion and uniqueness are what make people work hard and impulse ideas, and this is what modern companies, whichever company you think of, want someone unique to create unique ideas, and passionate to impulse them, and you'll only be that if you let yourself be. Ana A.

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Ari’s Answer

As a college student, I have to say that one of the things that I have learned is that it is imperative that you build relationships with your professors! They are the people you would go to if you need help with something like homework for finding an internship. If you build a relationship with them, they might even be the people that write you recommendation letters for jobs or higher levels of schooling. I say this from personal experience because I have a number of professors that I will go to their office and talk to them about topics that might not necessarily be able the college courses that I am taking with them. It is crucial to your success to have a relationship with the professors that you take classes with especially if you take more than one class with them.

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Olaoluwa’s Answer

It is very important to have a very good relationship with your professors. Not even only professors but also other tutors and even colleagues.
I will outline few reasons why it is advantageous to have a very good relationship with your professors:
1. It helps you in your career- mentorship
2. It gives you an easy access to them.
3. They can be source of inspiration to you, especially when you are faced with a challenge and you are thinking of giving up
4. They can recommend you for a job opportunity or any assistance of any kind. That is, you can rise through them because of a healthy relationship with them.
5. It can make you to be helpers to others. If someone needs an assistance from you and you don't have the capacity to do it but your professor can offer that assistance, then you can reach your professor to be of help to that person. Invariably, you have rendered help.

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Brandon’s Answer

For Sure. Reflecting back on my experience in college the relationships and interactions with professors provided significant additional value. Overall, having good relationships with professors enriches your engagement both inside and outside the classroom. It is also great practice in developing interpersonal and network building skills that will serve you well in future career advancement. Be authentic and transparent and I am confident you will build meaningful relationships with mentors and friends.

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Brett’s Answer

Hi. I would highly encourage you to develop strong relationships with your professors. They are committed to your learning and development. They usually have "offic hours" between classes to help you with additional questions, guidance and information on how to be successful in their class. Thank them after a class that sparked your interest and the relationship building begins.

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ELIZABETH’s Answer

Personally I think it is important to have a good relationship with your professors. A good relationship allows you to have open communication and makes learning a more personal experience.

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Gina’s Answer

Absolutely--- they will be your biggest advocate and possibly a solid reference for additional schooling/work. Always be alert and participate as much as possible.

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Blake’s Answer

Hey Henry,

Yes. Not only will you be able to learn more from them, but you also might need their reference down the road.

Thanks,
Blake

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Mekhribon’s Answer

Absolutely yes! It will help you succeed both in college and after graduation. When you need a recommendation letter or professional reference, your relationship with your professor plays an essential role.
Here are my tips:
- The first impression is very crucial. Try to get recognized by your professor at the beginning of the semester.
- Go to office hours as often as possible.
- Ask relevant questions
- Make participation a priority
- Be respectful

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Riley’s Answer

Yes, this is something that will benefit you both while you're in college as well as after graduating. When you're in the professors' class, try to get on their good side by smiling and saying hi when you walk in, saying bye when you leave, and don't be afraid to ask questions. Just by interacting with your professor (you would be surprised how many students don't say a word the whole semester), you will already be on their good side which could be beneficial if you need help with something or a bump in your final grade. As for after college, if you plan to enter the same field as these people then it is always good to have some contacts in the industry. They will be able to help you out when it comes time for you to find a job.

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Jacob’s Answer

Hi - Yes, building relationships with your professors can always be a good thing. They can help you throughout out college and even be a mentor after college. Make sure to know when the professor is available or make an appointment and make sure to follow through. Come prepared for the meeting and then from there you both can determine how you can move forward for other meetings. Some professors may want a very detailed agenda and some might be more relaxed and will encourage open dialog. Good Luck!

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Simeon’s Answer

You don't need to have great relationships with all your professors, but it would be recommended to try and build a relationship with at least a few of them that you get along with. They will often be the ones that are aware of many job openings and will be able to give good recommendations on your behalf. If you focus on getting to know the professors you get along better with, the references they will give for you will be stronger and much more authentic.

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ELIZABETH’s Answer

Personally I think it is important to have a good relationship with your professors. A good relationship allows you to have open communication and makes learning a more personal experience.

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