I know I’ve mentioned this in some of my previous posts, but I personally feel as though this point is important enough to be reiterated thousands of times. Entering my freshman year here at Ohio State, I was CONVINCED that my professors would all hate me. From television shows to the stories that my high school teachers told me, everybody and everything seemed to depict college professors as mean, scary and cruel. Thus, I was convinced that they’d all want me to fail. But guess what? I was very, very wrong!
One of the biggest misconceptions that incoming freshmen seem to have about college is that professors are some kind of inhuman creatures that wish for nothing but to see their students fail. On the contrary, though, I have found each and every one of my instructors here at Ohio State to be incredibly warm, welcoming, caring and helpful (and no, I’m not just saying that because I’m writing this for an Ohio State website). I think the biggest tip that I can give to first-year students is to ditch the mentality that college instructors are evil—because, trust me, they aren’t. I’ve gotten to know some of my professors very well here at Ohio State, even attending their office hours for fun to discuss the class content in greater depth (not for an assignment, just for fun).
Some of the most inspiring, beneficial conversations of my undergraduate career have come from one-on-one chats with my instructors—conversations that they were not only willing, but eager, to have. Not only do professors want you to succeed, they want you to enjoy their classes. My biggest regret of freshman year is not realizing sooner that these individuals aren’t as scary as I thought they would be. If I had realized sooner how caring and helpful my professors really are, I could have gotten even more out of my first year of classes.
So, incoming fresh men, please keep this important tip in mind. Your professors really do not hate you!