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In this week's blog, I would like to share my thoughts on the role of professors.

Your professor is the one who can open doors for you, open your mind to new possibilities and possibly change your life forever. Teachers have always had a huge impact in a student’s life. When I was in seventh grade, I had to take a social studies class. For seventh graders this meant learning about ancient civilizations from ancient Mesopotamia to ancient Greece, ancient Rome and so on. Going into that year I had no interest in these subjects whatsoever (mind you not many seventh-graders are excited about school to begin with), but the teacher I had changed my life in a way that may seem small, but felt large to me. He was so passionate about what he taught that you could almost feel it pour out of him in his lectures. He added humor and personality to every lesson he taught and made sure that his students stayed interested and focused. I ended up getting an award for the highest average in my class for this subject and then I went on to gain a similar passion in history because of the influence my teacher had on me. The reason I tell this story is to show how vital and important the relationship between a student and a professor can be, a relationship that many don’t take the time to cherish. Having a professor who’s class you love because of the way they teach or because of the type of professor they are can mean the difference between just getting by and having the best educational experience of your life.

Have you had a teacher or professor who changed your life?

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Hello and welcome to my blog, Educating through Communicating: The Importance of Communication Between Professor and Student.

Over the next few weeks, I will be sharing my thoughts on the important role effective communication between students and faculty can play in a successful college experience. To begin, I would like to discuss the need for a college education.

            “A human being is not attaining his full heights until he is educated.”

                                                                                                            -Horace Mann

Today, we live in an age where a college education is key to finding personal and professional success. When most of our parents were going through school, a college education was considered more of a privilege than it is today. In 2012, it’s almost a necessity. While still only 1% of the world’s population goes to college, it is becoming more and more difficult to find a job without a college degree in this economy. Those of us who have made the transition to college know that it isn’t always easy but when we finally walk across the stage at graduation, we not only celebrate our achievement, we begin to wonder if we can achieve even more.

Succeeding in college involves a great deal and it is much more than getting the perfect score on a test. For me, the professor-student relationship is one of the most important aspects of your education. In my next post, I will begin to tell you the reasons why. But for now, what do you think makes for a successful college experience?
 
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