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Updated on Friday, March 20

#20712

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I don't understand why professor's always say they are willing to help with both academic and personal problems. However, it saddens me to write that whenever I go ask for help from a professor (academic or personal) they always have a sideways look. Like wtf is the problem? First they tell us (I have heard the same from other people) "we're here to help," but when someone asks they're all of a sudden have a rude smirk on their face or smart remarks and comebacks. Thus, some of these professor's are just adding to the many problems students have, rather than helping (to improve, feel better, and so on).

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  1. Everything about UW is shit except co-op.

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  2. A lot of student problems really are not problems, and we should just grow up. This may not be the case for everyone, but I definitely have heard students complaining about things that everyone has to deal with as if they are special for having them.

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    1. That is no excuse, even if the student has a problem that is "small" problem compared to others. Everyone's problems are different and everyone deals with problems differently.

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  3. Maybe that's because the things that seem like problems to you are really just angsty whining to someone with life experience?

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    1. You are generalizing, but that could be the case for some people, but not for everyone. Some people just act like they are willing to help, but do not.

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  4. I have never had that experience. Any time I've needed help from a prof/TA they've fallen over their feet trying to help me.
    Maybe your attitude just sucks? You have to be nice to people for them to be nice back!

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    1. I have had a similar to experience too (to the post). You cannot assume that it is about the attitude, or being "nice." Maybe it is because some professor's/TA's only want to help who they want to help, rather than helping anyone and everyone. Before the slight-bash of "attitude," check your own "sucky" attitude towards this post.

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  5. I had one professor refuse to let me write a midterm a day early so that I could attend my uncle's funeral in Sault Ste. Marie. That was the only time I found that professors were unaccommodating regarding academic or personal problems. Any other time I have needed help with an assignment, a concept, or simply a short extension to submit my best work, they have been extremely helpful.

    Make sure that you establish at least a friendly rapport with your professors. Having them know you by name even by introducing yourself and saying "hello" is far better than being a random who sends and email saying that they have too much due at once. Keep in mind that a lot of people try and get away with crap like handing in late assignments for no reason other than laziness, and people being downright rude. Your expectation should be that you will not receive help or extensions, as you are an adult - anything that a professor does to help you is them going out of their way to make sure that you personally are achieving your best.

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    1. The refusal to write a day early is more of a general school policy. They will try their hardest not to let you write early since you could compromise the exam for the entire class. You should have tried for a day or so later, in my experience the school is a lot more accommodating to you writing late because there is only the opportunity for 1 student to cheat instead of many. It sucks and the inability to write early has fucked me up before but I understand their perspective. Additionally, I'm sure at the very least you could have shifted the weight of the midterm to the final which is stressful but would have allowed you to go to the funeral.

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  6. that's crap. you realize your pay thousands in tuition and are ENTITLED to help as a result, right?

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    1. that was meant to be a response to 5

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    2. You are not ENTITLED to anything. Assuming you got into your program and attend lectures in addition to doing all of the required reading and assignments, it is presumed that you will be successful in your course. An entitled attitude isn't going to get you anywhere with professors who are lecturing as a side to their research. If you barge in and demand help because you are "entitled", I wouldn't blame them for brushing you aside.

      That's like saying that because you got a great job, you are entitled to a 6-figure salary even if you spend the bulk of your time doing nothing. Being accepted into a program and paying for it doesn't mean that professors become your personal lap dogs.

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  7. ^^^^^^^^^^nailed it 6b

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