As a Physics/Engineering major, I sometimes come across homework problems and parts of assignments that are over my head, even after reading the corresponding chapter in the book and rereading every detail I wrote down from class. The cool/difficult thing about engineering is that all the problems are applicational. Every problem is different, and until I have trained my brain to think its way through a certain type of problem, there is no guarantee I will be able to solve it using an example from class or a previous problem. There have been many times over my past 2 and a half years at this school when I have been completely stuck on an assignment.
What do I do when this happens? I run into the open arms of my professors. Not literally, since they are not all the hugging types, but they are always willing to assist me when I need them. And if they are not in their offices, I hunt them down or post up outside their offices until they come back and then I don’t leave until I understand the information. How annoying. If I were them, I would start putting signs on my door like “Professor has moved to a different office” or “Not here, go away!” My professors, on the other hand, are saints. They have helped me think my way through difficult homework assignments an innumerable amount of times, and have uplifted me throughout my entire process of my understanding.
I would not survive this major without the constant willingness to help that is seen in all my professors. My relationship with each and every one of them is extremely strong, and that is something that you can’t find at every university. The professors at Washington and Lee are here to help students, and they make that very apparent.