One of the reasons that I chose Dartmouth was because I heard that students really get to know their professors, and I haven’t been disappointed. As a first-year student, I expected some larger classes, so I thought that I wouldn’t get to interact with my professors on a personal level until sophomore or junior year. My classes, however, are small–50 people, 16 people, and 15 people, respectively. Even in the 50-person class, I have a real relationship with my professor. Not only does she know my name, but she also knows my personality.
Last night, I brought my professor from my first-year seminar to a dinner that was specifically organized for students to bring their professors. My friends and I got to talk to my professor for a few hours, which was really valuable because I learned where her unique perspective in class comes from based on her background. Yet, the dinner was not the first time that I got to talk with my professor. I often go to office hours to talk to her about current events from a critical geographical perspective.
Whether through organized events, office hours, or simply classroom interactions, I’ve really gotten to know my professors, and they’ve gotten to know me too. If you come to Dartmouth, I’m sure that you’ll have a similar experience.