As a college parent, you may wonder about the people at college with whom your student spends much of her time. Who will her classmates be? Who will her friends be? Who will her roommates or suitemates be? Who will her coworkers be? Who will her professors be? Students often head off to college with many of the same questions. They wonder, and then they discover their classmates, roommates, coworkers. They work at making and maintaining friendships. However, although students will see their professors in class each day, they may not think about the importance of working at establishing a relationship with these professionals.
As a parent, you can encourage your student to get to know her instructors. It will be to your student’s advantage to get to know her professors – and to help them get to know her. However, it is often difficult for many students, especially new students, to reach out to faculty members. Here are a few suggestions you might pass on that will help your student set herself apart as an individual. Some may require more effort than others. However, using even a few of these suggestions will help your student stand out in her professors’ minds.