Do you have a subject at school that you’re terrified of? I do. Math. The word alone makes me cringe. During my last year in college, after struggling in math classes since elementary school, I finally learned how to succeed. I asked for help.
Determined to make the best of my senior year of college, with one math class left to take in order to graduate, I decided to change my opinion about math. After class was over the first day, I walked up to my professor and said: “Hi, I’m Jamie. Math terrifies me and I struggle with it. I’m going to need your help this year. I have a positive attitude and I’m willing to learn. What do I need to do to so I may do well in your class?”
The professor looked at me, smiled, and said, “I think you’ll be just fine. Come to class and I’ll do everything I can to help you if you’re not catching on.” She did, too. That class taught me an important lesson: asking for help is OK.
A few things I learned about professors in college
- Most teachers aren’t tough just to be tough. They are tough because they are passionate about the subject they teach, and they want you to really understand the material. They leave it up to you to decide if you will go the extra mile in their class and really excel.
- They appreciate students who ask for help. When you ask your teachers for help, it shows you care. And to be honest, you should. It’s your education and you will only get out of it what you put into it.
- They understand how busy you are. In college, I was member of the OSU Spirit Squad, PRSSA and a variety of other clubs and activities. When the stress got to me, I talked to my professors to find solutions. They usually don’t mind letting you take your tests a few days early if you know you will have a busy week when it is scheduled. They would rather you do well.
A few professors to follow on Twitter
If there was one thing that stood out about OSU it was this: The professors are just as passionate about their students as they are their subjects. Most professors want you to do well- they want to see their students succeed. They also recognize that students’ success is a reflection of their ability to teach.
Here are three professors from the School of Journalism and Broadcasting at OSU:
- @billhandy- Professor Handy gives students the opportunity to gain real world experience in his classes. He also continues to offer his professional support to students once they have graduated. A smart guy, social media wiz and all-around great professor.
- @ginajnoble- Professor Noble wants her students to go far. She makes it clear that she will do anything she can to help her students while they are in school and after they graduate. After her capstone class, I was ready to enter the field of public relations.
- @bobbikay- Professor Lewis allows students the opportunity to work together as a class to come up with solutions for case studies and beyond. I only had one class with her, but I learned a ton. If you come prepared to her class, the amount of information you can absorb is limitless.
Who are your favorite professors?
Jamie Mitcham is a recent graduate of Oklahoma State University and the current communications coordinator at Casady School in Oklahoma City. Connect with Jamie on Twitter at @JamieMitcham and read the rest of her bio here: http://studentbranding.com/contributors.