Sometimes I wonder why students go to college. They tell me that it’s to stay on their parents’ insurance or to avoid having to find a job or to keep their folks off of their back…..or something else.
While I appreciate the honesty of these students, it would be fun to hear that someone absolutely loves learning. One student that I asked about his reason for going to college told me “Well, the judge said I had a choice between prison or college, so I chose college.” I thought, “Oh, goodie, goodie gumdrops and you chose my class.”
I still don’t know what crime he was convicted of but every time there was too much noise outside our classroom, I sent him to quiet things down…..and he did, very successfully. He also got a very good grade in my course….he earned it; he didn’t intimidate me into it.
My question for you is: why are you here? What are your goals, dreams, ambitions? What can your professors do to help you achieve? Most of us are here because we love teaching students. Some of us feel actually “called” to do this work. How can I, as a professor, help you make it?