By Ivanna Carlos |Staff Writer|
Is a casual relationship with your professor common?
A personal relationship with a professor may be looked at suspiciously.
“A professor and student should not have any relationship outside of the classroom. I feel like it’s okay to be nice but if friendly intentions happen then that may possibly unfairly boost the student’s grade because the teacher likes them on a more personal level,” said student Nathan Runyan.
It is important that professors, as well as students, keep a professional relationship in the teaching environment.
“Professors and students should keep it professional, nothing more and nothing less,” said student Amanda Tinoco.
“Often times students look to professors as mentors, which can lead to a closer relationship, but at the end of the day the relationship between the two is merely professional,” continued Tinoco.
Most students would agree that it is not a good idea for them to associate with professors outside of the learning environment.
“I consider it too close of a relationship if the student and the professor hangout outside of classroom,” said Runyan
On the other hand having some type of relationship with your professor can bring you advantages.
“I personally have never become close with any of my professors in all my college years but I could only imagine the pros to having a relationship with one; the pros being potential connections coming your way and opportunities,” said Tinoco.
Sometimes you don’t need a personal relationship with a professor in order to feel comfortable with them.
“In the past I’ve had professors that make lecture fun, which captures attention as well as keeps me interested, and it’s enough for me when a professor is constantly saying to email him or her if you have any questions,” said Runyan.
“Emails are the only communication that I need with any of my professors and them being able to answer at anytime, like the weekend, is a plus,” continued Runyan.
Some professors are inviting through the way that they teach.
“College life is a getaway to the real world and professors that are completely honest with students are ideal, if that means that they curse then I don’t see any harm in doing so,” said Tinoco.
“My favorite professor thus far used to curse often and that did not take away from his lessons or teachings. We are all grown adults,” continued Tinoco.
Although having a personal relationship with a professor is not well looked at, it does open up many doors such as job opportunities.
It is important to keep a professional relationship with professors but remember not to cross any lines.