Are you thinking about trying to get more of your college experience? You’re definitely not the only one. A lot of people are trying to go back to school in a troubled economy that doesn’t look like it’s going to get any better anytime soon. Instead of giving into the depression and gloomy headlines that every newspaper is running with, lighten up! Remember that their job is to sell papers, and nothing sells appears like sadness, panic, fear, and worry. You’re better than fear. It’s better to rise up out of your fear than give into it at every turn. Why would you want to deal with fear when you could turn to joy instead? That’s the real question. You have to focus on the things that really matter. Trying to figure out how you’re going to make the most out of the college experience so that you can get recognition is very important.
That’s an important concept that we would like to touch upon for a second. Recognition is really what drives business forward. It’s the people that stick out that get recognized. We understand if you find that hits very unfair, but that’s really the way it is. You have to stick out in order to get noticed. The people that stick out are going to be the ones that are the most likely to solve problems. If you tend to panic at work, you’re going to be skipped over in favor of someone that actually has a much cooler head than you do. That’s just the way it is. We’re sorry if that’s a hard pill to swallow but it’s really the way it has to be. You really just need to make sure that you’re thinking at all times about the type of agenda that you need to have when it comes to your education.
In short, you need to get noticed. And that’s the top reason to bond with your professor. When you think about it, it actually makes sense. Your professor is very busy, and they don’t have time to reach out for those connections. They have a limited time frame to teach just about everything that you need to know about the subject in question. Some professors can get burned out with the workload alone. You’re going to have to make the connection if you really want to stand out.
You don’t have to be fancy, and you certainly don’t have to be a top student. You do, however, have to be the student that comes into the classroom every scheduled day. If you’ve been skipping classes, this is something that you’re going to have to stop. A lot of people feel tempted to keep cutting class but this is something that only hurts you in the long run.
It’s good to have a few questions prepared in advance. You don’t have to sound “canned”, but you do need to sound polished. Is there something interesting that you’d like to research further? Pick the professor’s brain to let them know that you’re paying attention. Did they raise an interesting point? Bring it up during their office hours. Every professor has office hours, and that’s the best time to reach them. Make sure that you’re not intruding on another appointment that’s about to walk in the door. A little politeness goes a long way.
Professors usually have all of the inside information that you could ever want. Its’ a tough market out there, and who knows you is going to be just as important as what you know. Unfortunately, a lot of students spend so much time studying that they really don’t think about how they’re perceived by other people. You need to make sure that you don’t fall into that trap. There are opportunities out there, and there’s a good chance that your professor knows about them.
If you’re going to send over a resume, make sure that you’ve double checked it thoroughly. There’s nothing like seeing glaring grammar or spelling errors in what’s supposed to be a finished draft.
Getting the professor in on your hopes and dreams is good, but make sure that you keep it professional. You want to cultivate the image of a leader, not just another college kid following the crowd. Can you do that? We bet you can, so give it a try. Don’t give up just because the professor is busy — see when they’re available and then make the best presentation possible. You can do it, we promise that you’re going to be fine!