It's a lonely place here in the School of Management Starbucks... I'm all alone while waiting for students in my IS323 class to come and pick my brain about their projects. Let's be honest, they're not coming. The only team that stopped by today did so when I wasn't even officially having my hour.
Yet here I sit, waiting to make their lives easier, impart knowledge and experience, and maybe -just maybe- make their days a littl ebit brighter. The SMG Cross Functional CORE Curriculum is a challenging experience for everyone involved but I'm here to make it easier. The school is literally paying me to help make students' time easier, yet no one is here. I shouldn't be surprised, people rarely take advantage of this "free" help.
But why? Why don't students admit that they could benefit from some help and keep me company and learn something. I promise, I'll even crack a few jokes when you're really feeling down about your homework. Office hours are your chance to get in touch with students that have gone through and been in your shoes if they are for your Teaching Assistant. We're not worht THAT much, but what about your professors.
Academia is probably the only place where genious professors, people with high knowledge and value are literally being paid to sit there and talk with you. It doens't matter what you talk about; the weather, the Red Sox, the financial crisis, or even your *gasp* assignments. Take advantage of your professors - their time is worth a lot more than you can afford.
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