Ways To Stand Out To Your Professors

9 Things That Make You Stand Out To Your Professors Regardless Of Your Grades

Everyone wants to do well in class, right? Here are nine things you can do to make your professors love having you in class!


What can you do to set yourself apart and take charge of your classes? The same things people tell you to do all the time — but with a twist.

1. Go to office hours

At the beginning of the semester it is crucial, before you have a million hours of homework, to swing by and introduce yourself to your professors. All of my classes have about 30 people, so they'll know me individually by the end of the semester, but going to talk to them first shows you're motivated and interested in their class.

2. Take notes before lecture

Everyone hates that kid who's writing down every slide as fast as possible because they didn't prepare for class. Read the chapter, take your own notes and then write down things the professor says that stick out or questions that you have. It'll make class way easier, and easier on your hand, too!

3. Ask questions

If you have a question, odds are someone else in the class does as well. You're paying to be in the class, so why not take full advantage of the professor's knowledge? Asking questions only helps you do better, so why not ask?

4. Write down all important dates and deadlines ahead of time 

Get out your planner or write it in Google Calendar or whatever system you use, but trust me, write down all your exams ahead of time. This way, if there are any conflicts, you can straighten them out before it's crunch time, which will relieve your anxiety as well as keep you organized.

5. Participate in class

This seems easy enough, but there's nothing worse than when the professor asks a question and the room is dead silent for a minute or longer while everyone itches their head and tries not to make eye contact with their prof. Even if you don't know the answer, throw something out there so class can continue and everyone can stop acting like they don't exist.

6. Show up early

Professors notice who shows up early and who straggles in with 30 seconds to spare. That five minutes of your time doesn't mean much, but to a professor, it means you respect them and are willing to make the effort to get to their class early.

7. Get a seat in the front

Not only will this force you to pay attention, but the professor will recognize your face, and you'll be able to ask questions and engage with the material more than you would sitting in the back row. Even if you're like me and you don't want to put an answer out there, sitting in the front will show you're attentive and ready to absorb the material.

8. Put your cell phone away!

I guarantee you this is the biggest mistake people make. Even if your class is three hours long, only use your phone on breaks and before/after class. This is huge in learning new material, and your phone will only be a distraction. You can go without texting in your 50 group chats for an hour, I promise!

9. If you're struggling in class, ask a professor sooner rather than later. 

Oftentimes, just talking to a professor about your grade will give you valuable information on what to study and when, seeing as though they're the ones who make the exams.

How do you make yourself stand out in class? Comment below!

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9 Reasons Crocs Are The Only Shoes You Need

Crocs have holes so your swag can breathe.

Do you have fond childhood objects that make you nostalgic just thinking about your favorite Barbie or sequenced purse? Well for me, its my navy Crocs. Those shoes put me through elementary school. I eventually wore them out so much that I had to say goodbye. I tried Airwalks and sandals, but nothing compared. Then on my senior trip in New York City, a four story Crocs store gleamed at me from across the street and I bought another pair of Navy Blue Crocs. The rest is history. I wear them every morning to the lake for practice and then throughout the day to help air out my soaking feet. I love my Crocs so much, that I was in shock when it became apparent to me that people don't feel the same. Here are nine reasons why you should just throw out all of your other shoes and settle on Crocs.

1. They are waterproof.

These bad boys can take on the wettest of water. Nobody is sure what they are made of, though. The debate is still out there on foam vs. rubber. You can wear these bad boys any place water may or may not be: to the lake for practice or to the club where all the thirsty boys are. But honestly who cares because they're buoyant and water proof. Raise the roof.

2. Your most reliable support system

There is a reason nurses and swimming instructors alike swear by Crocs. Comfort. Croc's clogs will make you feel like your are walking on a cloud of Laffy Taffy. They are wide enough that your toes are not squished, and the rubbery material forms perfectly around your foot. Added bonus: The holes let in a nice breeze while riding around on your Razor Scooter.

3. Insane durability

Have you ever been so angry you could throw a Croc 'cause same? Have you ever had a Croc bitten while wrestling a great white shark? Me too. Have you ever had your entire foot rolled like a fruit roll up but had your Crocs still intact? Also me. All I know is that Seal Team 6 may or may not have worn these shoes to find and kill Osama Bin Laden. Just sayin'.

4. Bling, bling, bling

Jibbitz, am I right?! These are basically they're own money in the industry of comfortable footwear. From Spongebob to Christmas to your favorite fossil, Jibbitz has it all. There's nothing more swag-tastic than pimped out crocs. Lady. Killer.

5. So many options

From the classic clog to fashionable sneakers, Crocs offer so many options that are just too good to pass up on. They have fur lined boots, wedges, sandals, loafers, Maryjane's, glow in the dark, Minion themed, and best of all, CAMO! Where did your feet go?!

6. Affordable

Crocs: $30

Feeling like a boss: Priceless

7. Two words: Adventure Straps

Because you know that when you move the strap from casual mode chillin' in the front to behind the heal, it's like using a shell on Mario Cart.

8. Crocs cares

Okay, but for real, Crocs is a great company because they have donated over 3 million pairs of crocs to people in need around the world. Move over Toms, the Croc is in the house.

9. Stylish AF

The boys will be coming for you like Steve Irwin.

Who cares what the haters say, right? Wear with pride, and go forth in style.

Cover Image Credit: Chicago Tribune

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From One Nerd To Another

My contemplation of the complexities between different forms of art.


Aside from reading Guy Harrison's guide to eliminating scientific ignorance called, "At Least Know This: Essential Science to Enhance Your Life" and, "The Breakthrough: Immunotherapy and the Race to Cure Cancer" by Charles Graeber, an informative and emotional historical account explaining the potential use of our own immune systems to cure cancer, I read articles and worked on my own writing in order to keep learning while enjoying my winter break back in December. I also took a trip to the Guggenheim Museum.

I wish I was artistic. Generally, I walk through museums in awe of what artists can do. The colors and dainty details simultaneously inspire me and remind me of what little talent I posses holding a paintbrush. Walking through the Guggenheim was no exception. Most of the pieces are done by Hilma af Klint, a 20th-century Swedish artist expressing her beliefs and curiosity about the universe through her abstract painting. I was mostly at the exhibit to appease my mom (a K - 8th-grade art teacher), but as we continued to look at each piece and read their descriptions, I slowly began to appreciate them and their underlying meanings.

I like writing that integrates symbols, double meanings, and metaphors into its message because I think that the best works of art are the ones that have to be sought after. If the writer simply tells you exactly what they were thinking and how their words should be interpreted, there's no room for imagination. An unpopular opinion in high school was that reading "The Scarlet Letter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne was fun. Well, I thought it was. At the beginning of the book, there's a scene where Hawthorne describes a wild rosebush that sits just outside of the community prison. As you read, you are free to decide whether it's an image of morality, the last taste of freedom and natural beauty for criminals walking toward their doom, or a symbol of the relationship between the Puritans with their prison-like expectations and Hester, the main character, who blossoms into herself throughout the novel. Whichever one you think it is doesn't matter, the point is that the rosebush can symbolize whatever you want it to. It's the same with paintings - they can be interpreted however you want them to be.

As we walked through the building, its spiral design leading us further and further upwards, we were able to catch glimpses of af Klint's life through the strokes of her brush. My favorite of her collections was one titled, "Evolution." As a science nerd myself, the idea that the story of our existence was being incorporated into art intrigued me. One piece represented the eras of geological time through her use of spirals and snails colored abstractly. She clued you into the story she was telling by using different colors and tones to represent different periods. It felt like reading "The Scarlet Letter" and my biology textbook at the same time. Maybe that sounds like the worst thing ever, but to me it was heaven. Art isn't just art and science isn't just science. Aspects of different studies coexist and join together to form something amazing that will speak to even the most untalented patron walking through the museum halls.

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