Frank Bruni recently published an op-ed in the New York Times called How to Get the Most Out of College. I agreed with everything he wrote. One of his main points is that engaging with faculty is essential.
Here I explain why getting to know faculty is so beneficial. Plus, students really don't know how to do it, so here are the six things students have to do to making a visit to faculty office hours successful.
What's true is that researchers have determined time and time again that a huge indicator of a successful college experience is whether or not a student engages with faculty. And yet, many if not most faculty sit in their offices during office hours without a single student visitor. What a wasted opportunity!
Why getting to know faculty is so beneficial
For a successful faculty office hours experience, students should:
For many years, as a dean at three Ivy League colleges and now as an AVP at a university with an extraordinary mission, I have had a front row seat to the obstacles to success that college students and their parents confront every year. Even at so-called elite, highly selective colleges such as Princeton, Harvard, and Columbia, where I spent some of my career, students struggle on a daily basis to remain healthy, happy, grounded, and to stay in school. I am dedicated to helping them.