Matt's Corner


Communicating with your professor can do a lot for building a positive student/professor relationship that makes your educational experience worthwhile. Getting the most from your education can also be as simple as understanding what you are doing in your classes in the first place.

Besides the fact that we are in college to learn, we should know exactly what we are learning. Some of us may find ourselves in a class we are required to take and then realize that we have no idea what it is actually about. Sometimes, students have trouble understanding exactly what they are supposed to obtain from a class or what they need to learn. Working with the professor to establish course goals can help students stay focused on what they need to do and can keep them on the right track. This may sound simple to some but as  a college student I have often wondered  “when will I use this class for?” or “how does this class really help me?”

With your professors assistance, I am finding that there is always something of value to gain from a class. And while it may not seem to directly help you in obvious ways, you may and most likely will find yourself in a situation where you remember what you learned in that class you once took and be glad you learned it!

Education is so valuable, and when it is given to you in any form, cherish it, because it’s one thing that can never be taken away from you...only given.



College can be the most crucial learning point in someone’s life as s/he will learn time management, relationship building, real life lessons and much more. Helping students learn how to balance their priorities and decide which goals are the most important can help put them on track.


Earlier in the semester, I had to make a decision whether or not I could handle being on the cross country team here at Anna Maria College given my many other responsibilities. For about two weeks the thought of stepping down from the team troubled me as I knew I would have a very busy schedule this semester with two on-campus jobs and an internship, all three of which were scheduled for  Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.  And with classes scheduled for  Tuesdays and Thursdays, I was looking at a very full-time commitment. After asking advice from family, I wanted to ask advice from someone I knew, and was comfortable talking with, on campus.


Now being on the small campus that Anna Maria offers, I was able to seek advice from someone not everyone can say they have the pleasure of going to at any other college. With a door always open, I walked into the President’s office and asked him for his advice.  


Ever since I started getting involved on campus, I’ve had the pleasure of working and meeting with the President on numerous occasions. I told him the situation that was troubling me, having a busy schedule and working on student government and such, and I told him that I wanted to focus on my future after Anna Maria and focus on my passion in higher education. Before he said anything else, he told me how important it was that I was taking this time to sort out my priorities and that it was good that I wanted to prepare myself for the future. He also could tell that I had already made my choice about the team before I walked into his office, at which he smiled.


The President's advice taught me a lot about how college is a time where you figure out your priorities in life, like getting a job, furthering your education, so on and so forth. But having the ability to connect with a faculty member, a professor, or even the President, is something that you must cherish, because in college, having people who care about you can be an invaluable asset.


Have any of you had any experiences like this you want to share?

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This week, I would like to share some of my thoughts with the faculty.

Sometimes students find themselves in a class where they feel that the professor is a bit dull or lectures in a way that may cause the student to lose interest. Professors may find on occssin that their students have turned their interest to their cell phones or Facebook page and are not connecting with them. In my opinion, even a professor who may not have the most enthusiastic lecture style can make his or her class  successful by introducing new teaching methods that will keep students interested. As the number one priority of any institution of higher learning is education, professors should also strive to have the student wanting to learn more by the time they are finished with the class.

As a junior at AMC, I’ve had the pleasure of having amazing professors teaching me things I would have never learned anywhere else. I know how important it is for a professor to connect with his/her student, because it makes the learning easier and the teaching effortless. Professors should always make the environment comfortable for the student to learn. Let the students feel like they are in the right place. Students will have an easier time learning and getting what they need out of the class if they feel comfortable and are eager to learn.

Professors, I would enjoy hearing your thoughts.

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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