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10 Things College Professors Will Expect From You

college professor 10 Things College Professors Will Expect From YouCollege professors are regular people just like anyone else. They are commonly stereotyped as stuffy, overly academic, egocentric, brainiacs with a love for tweed jackets with patches on the elbows, and long wooden tobacco pipes. Or maybe they are categorized as eccentrics. Ever hear of the nutty professor?

Again, college professors are people just like me or you; however, there will be certain expectations college professors will have from their students, just like bosses will expect their workers to perform certain tasks, professors will expect of their students certain things. Here are 10 things college professors will expect from their students.

Show up for every class. This is a no-brainer. You have to attend classes. That's why you're in college. Every class is important or the professor would not create a syllabus outlining what will be discussed on a particular day.

Don't be late. There's nothing more disrespectful than walking into the classroom late. Granted, college is not like high school where you will get detention if you're late, but this is not an excuse. Don't disrupt the class by walking in late. Don't be that guy. Get to class on time.

Complete the assignments. If a professor hands out an assignment, he expects you to not only complete it but to finish it on time. A professor does not want to hear any excuses.

Participate in class discussions. A college professor expects an open dialogue with their students. A professor does not show up for class to listen to themselves speak.

Respect the classroom. Don't come to class and pass notes around. Or talk to your neighbors over the professor's lectures. Don't eat in class. Or if you do, it's understandable if you didn't have time to grab a bite during your hectic day, don't disrupt the class with your gorging.

Don't plagiarize. This is the worse thing in the world a student can do. No matter what, do not steal from someone else. If you have an assignment, do it yourself, even if it is riddled in errors. Professors are brighter than you think. They'll know if you're stealing.

Read everything assigned. Again, if a professor assigns something to read, they will expect you to complete all the reading, not some of the reading, not just the first ten pages, they'll expect you to complete all of the reading.

Take advantage of office hours. A professor has office hours for one reason: to make themselves available to the student. They are there for you and they expect you to use that time to communicate. Talk to a professor during their office hours, not after class.

Feel free to ask for help. Don't be shy. A college professor expects you to ask for something if you need it. If you don't understand something, ask for help.

Feel free to ask for a letter of recommendation. It is a college professor's duty to write letters of recommendation for their students. It is part of their job description. They expect to write these letters and will do it for you, as long as they feel you're worthy of recommendation. If you act in accordance with what a professor expects, then they would be a bad professor indeed to give you a bright letter of recommendation.


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College vs High School: The Truth Uncovered

One thing a prospective freshman will hear over and over before going off to college is "It's nothing like high school." Students never really understand this comment until they are actually on campus.

College is all about becoming an adult and living your life to the best of your ability. Gone are the "popular kids," and the "cool table" in the cafeteria. You don't have that freshman hazing scene in college. In high school the frosh are the low kids on the totem pole. In college there are so many orientations, mixers and meet-and-greets that it's easy to build new friendships before the school year even starts.

Upper-classmen enjoy the fresh faces and new personalities of the freshman crowd. The biggest shocker of all is usually the amount of personal freedom involved in the learning process. In high school Mr. Smith, the English teacher, will hand out a sheet of notes and give a lecture that you are expected to spit back out word for word on the test. In college, Professor Smith will give her lecture an may very well ask for your opinion. There wont be any phone calls if you miss class three days this week and you'll still be expected to take the test and pass it. There is no one to hold your hand or walk you through your classes. You are there because you want to be and what you get out of it is up to you. Because you pay for the privilege of going to college its up to you to get your money's worth.

The personal freedom shocker stretches into your social calendar as well. Not only are there a plethora of dances, clubs, organizations, meetings groups and events to choose from nightly but your also faced with your classes and academic responsibilities. Its sometimes hard to know when to put a damper on the nightlife and get back to the books.

In high school, most of the people you attend class with are lifelong residents of the town. People you grew up with. People who have the same beliefs and background that you do. Chances are you go to church with these same people and your parents went to church with their parents. In college it is very likely that you will meet someone from across the state, across the country or across the world. You will hear and see vastly different ideas and cultural stand points than your own. Its a wonderful learning experience and part of what makes your college experience uniquely your own.

The differences in high school and college can be scary, but rest assured it will take no time at all to feel adjusted and comfortable in your new environment. These are the days that will create memories that last a lifetime.

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