In previous articles, we have discussed many different things you can do to learn about a college you are thinking of attending. Another wonderful idea is to interview a professor. While you are at the college, whether or not you have decided on a major are not, contact the department in which you are thinking of majoring in. If you do not have a major, then just pick something you’re interested in and contact that department.
You have to remember that human beings in general like to talk. Just as you interact with the students on campus, ask them questions and get many answers, professors to will give you their time if you ask for it.
Let’s say your major is engineering. You want to call the engineering department and tell them you would like to visit and talk with a professor in the department. Make sure you mention to the person answering the phone, probably an assistant or secretary that you are going to be majoring in engineering. Ask them to either schedule a time with a professor or find out when a good time to stop by is.
When you talk with the engineering professor, you will want to put two things at the top of your list to find out. The first is to get information about the engineering curriculum and the requirements for someone majoring in engineering. The second thing is you want to build rapport with the professor. Tell them why you are interested in engineering and how you have studied it in your spare time during high school.
You can accomplish a few things by doing what we have talked about above. The first is that you will find out more information about the college you want to attend. This in itself is worth doing everything you can. As an added bonus, the professor you talk to just might put in a good word for you with the admissions office. If you show a genuine interest in engineering, or whatever your major is, you have a good chance that the professor will say something to someone about you.
Getting a recommendation from anyone is a great way to set you aside from the rest of the students applying. Getting a recommendation from a faculty member that teaches at the University you want to attend is even better. Recommendations from faculty members and professors are not taking lightly by any means from the University.