There is a stigma often associated with college faculty that makes them seem unapproachable and unfriendly.
I remember this was the impression I carried when I first met with one of my college professors. I was so scared of the interaction and had no idea how to act. After a few minutes of conversation, however, I realized how wrong my judgments were. The stereotype is false.
A professor’s main role on Concordia’s campus is to teach and help their students through their college journey. This not only means supplying relevant course material, but also providing guidance or advice outside of the classroom. In fact, I can confidently say that some of my best advocates on campus are the faculty I have encountered either in class or in organizations I am involved in.
With such a crucial role, it is important that faculty are easily accessible to students. Here are just some of the ways you can contact your Concordia professors:
Open Door Policy
Luckily, many of Concordia’s professors have an "open door policy" meaning that if their door is open, a student is welcome to come in and chat.
Faculty have office hours each week that are designated times they are available to students.
Students are also able to email professors to find a time that works to meet. Better still, if a student has an easy question, a professor might even just answer it over email!
I could continue by saying how many give out their personal phone numbers in addition to their office numbers or how you can chat with them anywhere on campus, but this post would eventually get too long.
In the end, as a new college student, I want you to know you don’t need to be apprehensive about contacting your professors. They are here for you and want to help you succeed. If you have a question or need advice, don’t be intimidated – just reach out. Best of luck.
Angelica Anderson '18 is studying food/nutrition/dietetics at Concordia.