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Advice from Monmouth professors

April 27, 2018

With the end of the school year quickly approaching, seniors will be off to new adventures while returning students are headed for more Monmouth memories. Monmouth College carries a tradition of having the best and most supportive faculty members. Professors work day in and day out for the betterment of their students and go above and beyond to push us to success.

One tip of advice I always give to prospective students is to get on your professor’s good side. They’re the best people to have on your team. But how do you do so without being a “suck-up”? Behold, words from the knowledgeable teachers themselves. Professor Wendi Bolon has 11 years of teaching experience under her belt and says her favorite students are the ones who “Do the reading and actively engage in class. We love that, and you will get more out of this once-in-a-lifetime experience.” Classics chair Robert Holschuh Simmons says the number one way to get on his bad side is to “show disrespect to ANYONE. If I see you disparaging a peer, a professor, or anyone else, or acting as though you are too cool for a class, I will not be impressed.” So, there you have it, do your work and be respectful – not too hard.

To soon-to-be-graduates, Biology Department chair and 25-year teacher Ken Cramer says: “Find something you enjoy doing, give it everything, and don’t worry about other people’s expectations.” However, to returning students, Professor Simmons urges us to think about our goals: “However you did this year, think about how you can make next year significantly better, and think of steps you can take to make it so. Aim to be great, in whatever ways are within your reach, and think about concrete steps you can take each day to help you build toward greatness.”

As finals approach quicker than ever, Professor Bolon recommends that “If cramming, don’t reread, but instead try to write things in your own words and make connections across topics.” While Professor Simmons, a 21-year teacher, reminds us to “Study actively. Don’t just look at your books and notes and think that’s sufficient. Make plans for PRODUCING the knowledge that you need to have so that you have it thoroughly ingrained in yourself.” With that advice, we’re on to finals week!

Emma Hildebrand
Contributing Writer

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