Before coming to college, I assumed that my professors would be too busy to invest in my life, to hear my ideas, or to care about my future. However, this idea changed my Freshman year when my professors gave up their time to help me work through problems or to listen to my ideas for a paper. Now that I'm in my Senior year, it's hard to me to imagine what these past four years would have been like without the support and guidance of my professors.
I always tell people that one of the best things about Mississippi College is the professors because what I found out Freshman year continues to be true: our professors are kind, loving, insanely intelligent people who want to know you and want you to succeed. So here's my advice: get to know your professors. Seriously.
I know that you may be thinking that it's a waste of time to go and sit in your professor's office just to chat about their class, a test, a paper, or life over a cup of tea, but let me assure you that this is one of the most valuable things you can do during your time at Mississippi College.
These professors are going to be the ones recommending you for jobs, internships, and graduate schools, and the more they know you, the more accurate their recommendation will be. In addition to being a reference, these professors know their fields. If there's a local musician who studied exactly what you're interested in, they'll know and will probably be able to put you in touch.
Beyond the realm of recommendations and connections, professors are here to help you learn and to challenge you. By getting to know them outside of your class time, you'll learn more about the material and have your conventional thinking challenged.
At MC, our professors truly want you to succeed and will do what it takes to get you there. Whether reading multiple drafts of a grad school application (like my adviser has) or working through homework one-on-one, our professors are willing to sacrifice their own time to give you the best shot at success. For example, my chemistry professor would let me peak my head into his office when I was working through problems and was having trouble figuring them out. I have found that the professors that I have formed relationships with truly care about my health, my future, my success, and my day-to-day news. When my professors hear news about life-changing moments, I'm quick to receive an email with their congratulations or encouragement to make it through the day. Over the past few years, I've encountered professors who have become a part of my Mississippi College family.
These professors are the people who I go to when I need advice on schools, jobs, classes, and more. These are the people who encourage me and make me a cup of tea when the semester becomes overwhelming. These are the people who stop in the middle of campus and check on me even when they're in a rush. These are people who continually point me toward Christ and strive to make my goals into a reality. What's really incredible about this community is that these could be your people too. Bottom line: Get to know your professors.
You won't regret it.