Why Professors are Vital to Student Success

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Why Professors are Vital to Student Success

College Tips, Student Stories
Herzing Staff
March 8, 2018

Earning your degree is more than just passing exams and completing required coursework. In fact, many of the most important lessons you’ll learn aren’t in the pages of your textbook. Your professors are your most valuable resource when it comes to achieving academic and career success.

We asked Herzing University graduates about how their instructors helped them reach their goals in and out of the classroom.

1. They’ll push you to do better.

Professors are passionate about helping you achieve your goals and reach your full potential. That means sometimes they’ll push you outside your comfort zone, but only to prepare you for the challenges you’ll face later in your career.

“I learned the importance of networking and hard work,” said Herzing University-Atlanta graduate Teaira Curry. “My professors taught me never to settle and to always strive for success, and my career advisors helped me fine-tune my resume so that I was prepared to begin my job search post-graduation.”

2. They bring the classroom to you.

Some students worry they might not get the same educational experience from online courses as they would on campus. But, while your classroom may be virtual, your instructors are still just as dedicated to your success as they would be in-person.

“Adjusting to online classes was somewhat challenging, but my instructors were very helpful and responsive, said Tina Olson. “They would also make time to see me if I needed to talk or ask questions in person or by phone. Everyone was always willing to do a little extra to help make me feel at home.”

3. They teach from experience.

Your professors likely led long, successful careers before they became educators. As a result, they have years or decades of industry experience and plenty of advice for students entering the workforce today.

“My instructors had experience that brought a real-world feel to the classes, and they helped me understand how I could apply classroom learnings in the workplace,” said Stephanie Dennis. “Since graduating from the MBA program, I have become a better leader and manager within my organization.”

4. They become part of your support system.

In addition to your family, friends and classmates, your professors can also become part of your support network. Rather than going it alone, reach out to your instructors for help when you’re struggling or feeling overwhelmed.

“Even though I was an online student, I always felt supported and cared for by the faculty and staff, said online grad Malaika Maulsby. “They would regularly send me motivational quotes and call to check in and see how things were going. They were always available to provide extra help when I needed it.”

5. Their #1 goal is to give you every opportunity to be successful.

Of course, your professors are there to help you find success in your future career. As a student, it’s your responsibility to get to know your instructors, ask for help when you need it and seek their advice, especially when looking for internships and jobs post-graduation.

“My first weeks of class were not easy, but my instructors and professors were very dedicated and they helped me develop the writing, leadership and business skills that I needed to be successful,” said Joseph Lorenti. “Thanks to Herzing, I have the confidence, knowledge and problem-solving skills that will allow me to pursue advanced career opportunities in the business field. I feel very prepared for the next chapter of my life.”