I work in higher education as an academic advisor, and I spend a lot of time giving advice I myself didn’t follow as a college student. Welcome to “What I Wish I Knew In College!”
Spring is here, and it’s a busy time of year at your local university. Everyone’s a little tired and stressed, but the finish line is in sight! I’m meeting with the last of my advisees (mostly freshmen) to talk about classes for next fall and assess how the current semester is going, and that means I’m hearing a lot about my students’ classes: what they like, what they don’t, and why.
A big part of working in higher ed is helplessly watching your students make the same mistakes you did (despite advice to the contrary). I imagine it’s a lot like being a parent.
Anyway, one of the biggest mistakes I made in college was failing to realize that my attitude had an effect on the professor. “Wha?” you say? Read on, for I shall explain! [Read more…]