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Good Intentions, Bad Advice

We recognize that every transfer students' experience is different, however, we know that many transfers face some of the same challenges as they transition into the university. This blog was created for transfers by transfers to share TIPS and insight on having the best semester you can at Texas A&M University.
    Posted on Friday, Nov 04, 2016
    The internet—it seems to be chalk-full of advice, doesn’t it? But is it good advice? I would argue that you should have a container of salt next to you because you’re going to need to take every piece of advice with a grain of it.

    Now, the internet is full of advice, but some of the worst advice I’ve ever gotten has been in-person. In regards to school, I was told “it doesn’t matter if you talk to your professors or not. Not even in a hard class.”

    Wrong. Wrong, wrong, wrong. Talking to your professors, especially in difficult courses helps immensely! Whether it’s a large or small class, talking to your professor helps them get to know you and your needs better. Talking to your professor allows for a collaborative environment to be fostered, allowing for more focused help for you, individually, rather than a class of five or even 500.

    Now, I’m not saying you need to be so comfortable with your professor that you’re in their office every second that you’re not in class, but maintaining an open line of communication between the two of you will help you repeatedly throughout the semester. Whether it be for assignments, exams, or even a letter of recommendation later on down the road, your professors are there to help you and push you to grow during your time at university.

    If you’re still hesitant about talking to your professors, send them an email first! But either way, contact them! Let them know who you are and if you’re having any struggles in their class. Tell them your favorite part of the class—it doesn’t matter, just communicate!

    by Alex Cowan, College of Liberal Arts
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