Lake Land faculty is accessible, kind

Steven Oliver, Business Manager

In last month’s article, “Eastern, Lake Land,” it might have seemed like I was being harsh to some of Lake Land’s faculty. This month’s topic was hidden in that article, when I said “speaking of profiting, some of Lake Land’s top faculty members(…).” Lake Land College students are lucky to have access to the faculty employed here. Not every interaction with Lake Land’s faculty must be positive to understand they truly care about students.
For example, making your way through the Luther Student Center, you might see a group of workers from the administration side of the building walking to fill their water bottles at Subway. I honestly don’t know what they do here at Lake Land. What I can say is that they are cheerful and always talk to the people around them, usually making them laugh.
What about the instructors, specifically of the subjects that students find most difficult? You might get an algebra instructor that makes himself flexible and openly available to students, stays after class constantly and tells it just like it is, all the while making equations as easy to remember as tying a shoe.
You could also get an economics instructor that teaches using his students’ jobs at a restaurant or the sports they may be interested in in examples, while simultaneously giving you a perspective of current happenings you might not have gotten before.
How about a composition instructor who challenges your knowledge by asking tough questions about your own perspectives, if you truly know the whole story, and if not, why don’t you?
When is the last time you saw the mayor of your town, or the owner of the company you work for? Do they remember you, or know you by name? To have an upper administration staff that is as available to students as Lake Land’s President and his staff is truly a miracle. I see him walking around the campus on almost, a daily basis.
I know as a student, it is sometimes hard to see the positive side of some faculty. Don’t let bad interactions ruin your own perception of a faculty member; everyone is allowed to have a bad day. Let’s face it, Illinois makes it hard for the faculty at colleges to truly have enough energy to carry all the weight of their positions.
When an instructor seems frustrated during your 8 a.m. or 3 p.m. class, don’t get mad. Use critical thinking, and ask yourself why they seem different, or wait until after class and ask them. If an office employee gives you a negative attitude (which is extremely rare), remind yourself how many redundant questions they have had to answer that day. Remember all of this next time you talk about an employee here at Lake Land. It might just change what you have to say.
As I said in last month’s issue, I take great pride of being a student and employee of Lake Land. I am proud of what the faculty here have created for me, and you should be too.

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