Well hello there,
For many years I’ve been stressing to my peers the importance of “getting to know” your professors and teaching assistants. There have been so many times, literally countless, where I was so thankful that my professor either knew me by first name or at the least could recognize my face.
So why should you? Easy. They are not only potential references but they can also save your butt if something goes wrong during your academic years. Professors hold a lot of weight so having a professor that can vouch for you is a huge leg up in the professional world. Both professors and teacher assistants can be a reference on your resume to get a job, volunteer opportunity, co-op or internships but they can also hook you up with one!
So how do you do this? Easy. GO TO OFFICE HOURS! Many professors and teacher assistants host weekly office hours for students to come in and have questions answers but also they are willing to work one-on-one with you over assignments. You can also take this opportunity to ask for clarification over content and beyond. HERE IS A TIP: from my experience I have literally just gone to office hours to chat with professors- sometimes about course related content and sometime it is not. Now, this is not to say professors are not busy people on their own BUT during office hours many professors aren’t particular busy, usually not during midterm and final season- THEREFORE GO AND TALK TO THEM!
Just to reinforce things professors are the ones who decides if you can get an extension, do a make-up assignment and much much more! Life happens and Brock, in my experience, has been extremely accommodating and if you have a professor and/or a teaching assistant on your side it makes it easier to skyrocket into success!
Thanks for reading! : )