As a college student with a pretty busy schedule, I am used to having different parts of my days planned out. While my usual routine for lunch after class is to either grab lunch with a friend or eat quietly in the library, last week was just a little bit different.
Instead of my usual options, I found myself sitting across from Dr. Rowland, a professor in the Communications Department at KU, talking about our summer adventures (he went to Amsterdam for a conference and then Paris for a short vacation), future internship opportunities, and even our reactions to the summer conflict between Israel and Hamas. And did I mention that we both got to enjoy this lunch with the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences paying for it? Definitely a great excuse to change up my lunch schedule!
While I am a junior this year, I wish that I would have known about the Take Your Professor to Lunch program as a freshmen at KU. It would have been a nice and casual way to get to know my professor in a different setting than the classroom or their office, and I know that it would have made a great impression, especially as a freshmen.
But just because I made a mistake not to do this program my first two years at KU doesn’t mean that you all should miss out! Here are the Top 3 reasons to Take Your Professor to Lunch:
• First, you get a free lunch! You receive $15 to split between the two of you, which is more than enough for a sandwich, chips, and a drink for each of you.
• Second, it is a phenomenal way to make a good impression with your professor! What professor doesn’t love a free lunch and some nice conversation?!
• Third, and most importantly, it’s an opportunity to truly create a relationship with one of your professors. Especially in large lecture classes, this can be extremely difficult. Developing these relationships will not only help you connect with your professor’s lessons, but will also serve as great grounding to ask for a recommendation letter or advice on future courses or graduate schools.
I hope that you won’t wait (like me) until junior year to take advantage of this incredible and unique program that KU offers as a way to truly build community between students and faculty. For more information, or to sign up for the program, check out this link: http://clas.ku.edu/academics/lunch.
Get a free lunch and get to know your professor. It’s as simple as A-B-C!
Originally published at evanltraylor.wordpress.com on October 19, 2014.