We may think we know exactly what professors are looking for in their students. But The Mugdown discovered exactly what professors look for in their students. It’s not always the straight-A, on-time pupils that draw a professor’s attention. Sometimes the most random things that students do truly woo their instructors.
Here are 7 refreshingly random things professors say they can’t resist in their students:
1. Coming to Class in Pajamas
Coming to class in PJs lets the professor know you feel comfortable around them. They love that their lecturing style lets you live in your own skin.
2. Walking Into Lecture 30 Minutes Late
When you come to class after the lecture has already started, you add an element of mystery to your professor’s day. Where were you? Why are you late? Professors can’t resist speculating where you could have been and what could have kept you from class.
3. Openly Questioning the Professor in Front of the Whole Class
While this may seem like it’s rude, professors are actually super into sassy students. “If students can talk shit back to me in front of a large audience, they immediately have my attention and respect,” said one professor.
4. Asking for Extra Credit
Every professor loves when students beg for extra credit at the end of the semester. It makes them feel powerful and wanted.
5. Letting Your Phone Go Off in Class
Sometimes professors just need a break in the middle of a lecture. When your phone goes off in the middle of their sentence, professors are actually grateful for a little time to rest.
6. Using Pen on Free Response Exams
While you may think professors prefer pencil on exams, they actually prefer permanent ink. Dark ink is bold against white paper and shows you can commit to an answer. Professors also love the messy vibe of a crossed out answer.
7. Having Poor Hygiene
You might have heard that good hygiene is critical to show you care. However, scraggly beards, wrinkled shirts, and intense B.O. are a professor’s first indicators that you are dedicated to their subject. “Any student who is working so hard on my class that they don’t have time to shower is a student I want to teach.”
Of course — there are loads more qualities we could have added to the list! The possibilities are truly endless. But the moral of the story is, you’re probably better off than you thought!