Best Advice From Proffessors
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It’s 1 am while just logging onto Mastering Chemistry, or just opening the dreaded calculus textbook and you think “How will I this get done?” - many of you probably identify with this scenario. So what should we do? We can’t help but wonder how our very own professors survived their own college, then master’s degree, then PhD! So, why not ask them? The best pieces of advice come from the people that have “been there, done that,” and who have made the same mistakes we are teetering on making ourselves, but made it through!
I went to speak to multiple professors about their experiences as undergraduates. Professor Keaney told the Horizon, “After my freshman year, I visited my grandfather [who] asked if I knew my professors. I had not and he was completely stunned… [saying] student-professor relationships were essentially what I was paying for at Westmont. Sophomore [year] I resolved that issue and made an effort to go to one of my professor’s office hours every week. It made all the difference in shaping my last three years at college… and the rest of my life.” By getting to know your professors, you are not only setting yourself up for success in the classroom, but also allowing yourself opportunities in research, work, and friendships in the future. At Westmont, it is much easier than a big state school to foster strong relationships with the people you see almost every week. Westmont professors want to be here and want you to succeed.
Dr. Kihlstrom added his two cents as well: “The quote ‘If a man forces you to go one mile, go with him two’ has always stuck with me…meaning that in any work you have to do, volunteer to do extra. It separates obligation and choice… and choice always ended up being something that I enjoyed.”
Finally,Westmont is a liberal arts school which affords students the opportunity to take new classes outside of their major or jump into a subject they had never thought of before. Dr. Covington advises, “As an undergraduate, I was advised to “minor” in great professors, [rather than] picking up an official minor. ... I was able to explore learning from great teachers in a multitude of subjects.”
So now while sitting alone in that dorm or in the quiet library wondering what the heck is going in class or just stuck on a stubborn calculus problem, remember that professors want to support or work will be rewarded, and that it is important to step outside ones comfort zone.