Good Morning Green Panda Friends.  I hope that you all had a nice weekend.  Today we are continuing on with the next post in our “Me, My College Education, and My Money” series.  Today we are discussing what you are really paying for in college; we are discussing the valuable information that we learn during our four years at college, and we are discussing the people who provide us with our higher education.  Today we are discussing everything about our College Professors from their great teaching tactics and their passion to help students to their boring lectures and lack of interest in student’s lives.

Throughout my four years at college I had a few really great Professors, but I also had a lot of really bad Professors.  I also had some average Professors who were not great and not bad but I don’t really remember any of them.  During our four years in College we want to get a great education from experienced Professors who work or who have worked in our field of study.  What good are book smarts if we don’t have any real life experience? My favourite College Professors taught real life case studies and shared their real life work experiences with their students.

My Favourite College Professors

My all time favourite College Professor was Mr. Sook, he was a tall dark and handsome man who only taught part time at my University because he also had a 9 to 5 full time career.  Teaching at the University was Mr. Sook’s part time job; he worked full time as a Business Development Consultant for a major Financial Institution.  This is actually a funny story because after graduation I ended up working in the Investment Division of that same Financial Institution.

At the University Mr. Sook taught a class on the economic effects of Urban Sprawl and the choice of married couples not to have children.  During his 9-5 career Mr. Sook advised the Financial Institution where to place ATMs to maximize their profitability and visibility.

I loved my semester with Mr. Sook because he brought his everyday career experience into the classroom.  It is important for Professors to be educated, but it is also important for them to be personable so they can relate their career knowledge to students in the classroom.

Dr. Singh was my second favourite professor during my four years of College.  He spoke to students as if they were actual people and not as specimens below him, which I greatly appreciated.  He also offered extended office hours for students to come and talk with him about our course load, our internships, as well as our career paths.  Dr. Singh has a PhD but he is one of the most down to earth people I have ever met.  Even though I graduated in 2005 I still say hello to him every single time that I see him on the street.

The Worst College Professor

The Professor that I avoided all throughout College was a very young “know-it-all” man who had a very high IQ but no real work experience.  He gave lectures without emotion and he spoke like a robot.  Due to his lack of social interaction he was unable to relate to students because he always put himself on a pedestal.  It is very hard to learn from someone who cannot communicate and who puts himself at an intelligence and social level above all others.

Check Out the previous posts in the “Me, My College Education and My Money” series:

Attending an Ivy League School

The Best College For You

Choices in College that We have to Make

Use Your Time in College Wisely

Trade School or College Diploma

Graduate From College Debt Free

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Tahnya Kristina

Tahnya Kristina

Tahnya is 30 years old and lives in Montreal Quebec. She graduated in 2005 from Concordia University, and she currently works for a major International Financial Institution. She recently launched You can follow her on Twitter @TahnyaP.