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The Five People You Meet in College

The Five People You Meet in College

There are five people in college that you're practically guaranteed to meet.

Elizabeth Hoyt

June 12, 2013

4. The Terrifying Professor

They’ll do their best to intimidate you – and it will work. They’ll let you know that college courses are a walk in the park compared to high school – and they’ll be right.

Think of your first “scary” professor as your first “real” world boss because, truthfully, your first boss will probably expect a lot more of you than any professor ever will.

One of my scariest (and best) professors would lock the door promptly as class began. He let students know that you shouldn’t bother attending if you couldn’t arrive on time. Each class you missed lowered your grade by a percentage. I was two minutes late to one class and was forced to leave because the door was locked. I never made that mistake again.

5. The Mentor

Somewhere along the way in your college career, you’ll meet someone that will change your life for the better.

This person may be a professor, a TA or, even, a pal you look up to and admire. He or she may introduce you to a subject you love or a concept you’d never considered.

Whatever the case, this person will have an impact on who you are and who you’ll one day become.

Sure, your mentor may or may not actually stay present in your life forever, but he or she will leave an impression that’s everlasting. I had a professor in college that, no matter how hard I tried, would not give me the grade I thought I deserved. I went to his office hours and ended up getting to know him. I also learned that he believed I was capable of the very best, which is why he was harder on me. I’ve never worked so hard in a class before – and still ended up with a 3.5.

Regardless of the grade I ended up with, I know I learned more in that class than many of my others combined. He has since retired, but I will never forget the impact of such a great educator. I also still refer to my notes from his course.

(Note: I wrote him a letter post-college to let him know about the profound impact he had on me as a teacher. He and I have corresponded since. Make sure to let your teachers know they’re appreciated when you can. To paraphrase his words, it makes their jobs worthwhile when they find out they’ve positively impacted a student’s life.)

If you haven’t met all five yet, don’t worry, you will. If you’re wondering if you have, you haven’t. Trust us – you’ll absolutely know them when you meet them.



What significant experiences did you have in college?


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