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Cultivating Relationships with Professors by DonaldQuixoteC

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One of the most important things that you can do in school is develop a professional relationship with the professors that you find to be influential in your life. While this may not be on the immediate radar of students who are concerned with school, the fact of the matter is that professors may be one of the most

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									Cultivating Relationships with Professors

                                                    One of the most important things that you can do in
                                                    school is develop a professional relationship with the
                                                    professors that you find to be influential in your life.
                                                    While this may not be on the immediate radar of
                                                    students who are concerned with school, the fact of
                                                    the matter is that professors may be one of the most
                                                    important assets found in college.


                                                    Teachers

                                                     Whether you are going through a nursing program, a
                                                     graphic arts program, or doing an accounting
                                                     program; the teachers that you have will influence
                                                     the way that you think and the way that you will
                                                     pursue your future career. It is very important to
realize this influence, since it may well be one which opens doors for students at a later point in time.

Teachers are going to be invaluable sources of information when it comes to preparing students for the
career field. Students should make an effort in school to take advantage of office hours, in order to learn
about their future field and what they should be doing in order to prepare for it.

Since these are professionals in the field who have already successfully made their way there, professors
will be able to offer truly useful advice which will be pertinent for the present for inquisitive students.
Rather than simply treating them as individuals who hand out assignments and busy work, students are
encouraged to look at these professionals as possible mentors.

This is applicable in both the present and the future. Students in need can ask professors for insight and
help as it pertains to the courses being taught, as well asking how to prepare for the future.

Officially entering the career field can be an intimidating
prospect for many. There is a lot to do, and the sheer amount of
tasks which need to be completed along the way can seem
overwhelming.

Asking education professionals for insight about preparation and
what needs to be achieved to ensure better results is a very
prudent move indeed. It is also important to note that these
professionals may be viable resources after graduation.


Using relationships
Whether it involves looking for a job or getting letters of recommendation for grad school, you always
want to have professors that you can call in for a bit of insight or direction. In the real world, success is
often less about how much you know than about who you know.

Networking in school and building relationships is a positive thing to do. It is a way for like-minded
individuals to be able to help each other out.

While there are always exceptions, most professors are glad to help out, recognizing the need to pay it
forward. The fact of the matter is that many successful people have been helped generously on their
way, so they are usually glad to help out.

As such, it is a very good idea to create relationships with teachers in college. Even relationships that
you can’t see an immediate benefit to may pay off in the long run, so be sure to make a real effort.

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