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After the end of each class, I noticed many students would immediately go leave the class to meet their friends or to finish their work. Granted, sometimes people would leave in a rush to their next class (and that's fine). What I now notice looking back is this curious drama that unfolded of student-teacher relations: that once class started, students would engage the teacher, but once it finished so would those engagements.
I do not think this is a good way to go about making the most of one's education. Some of the richest and thought-provoking conversations I had while in junior high and high school actually came when I decided to stay in the classroom after all the students left. I would sometimes approach the teacher directly, or stay and help put away books or throw away trash left out by others. It was in those extra 5 or 10 or 30 minutes that I would talk to the teacher. I would talk to them about their views on the topic for the day. I would ask those questions I held inside of me that I was too nervous in class because they seemed too “dumb” (newsflash: no question is too dumb to ask in a classroom, if it's relevant). I highly recommend students start to take the leap and form these friendships with their teachers, and here is why:
1) They are human beings.
2)They used to be students
3) They have rich experiences and opinions
4) They want to help you - That's their job
5) They can be your lifelong friends/mentors.
Stay after class
Go to office hours
Do your research (CV/resume)