6. Professor Interview Learning Outcome 5

1. A list of the questions you will ask the professor


Why did you decide this career/position? / what do you like the most about it?

It wasn't here plan to become a college professor, her plan was to work in sate department, 'Diplomat office. She went to college and change her mind. She decided to be a professor after her first year attending college. She like the learning, research, and teaching from being a professor. She also like interacting with young people.

Did you always want to be in this career/position?

What do you do for fun? Hobbies?

For hobbies she like playing with her daughter, cooking, and traveling. She dreams to see as much of the world. She was an archaeology major during college. Another cool hobbies of her, was learning languages. Her first language she learned was english, and other languages she learned were for fun. She also liked swimming, tennis, and ironing.

Are you where you thought you would be when you were in college? / major :International relations

College Success

What general advice would you give college students?

Enjoy your time in college. Do something that excites you. Think about the big picture, question everything you learn. Learn as much as you can, not just earning As.

What are the most common mistakes that students make?

Not seeing the big picture, the grade becomes the thing and not learning. Ask yourself what skills are you getting. Students don’t care about self reflection and not pushing their limits

What should I be studying to be successful on assignments in this class?

Do the work, come to class and take notes, listening, think about the concepts. Listen and think about the concept. Ask the question, why this is it important and implications on life. Don’t memorize, use implications. Apply the information to yourself.

What subject was most difficult for you as a college student and why?

Chemistry or physics. Math was here strongest class. She liked social sciences because she liked to interact with others


What non-academic skill do you think is the most important for college students?

Strong character, meaning strong standards for themselves. Being able to learn from failure. Students should appreciate the differences in culture, and being able to communicate. Diversity, knowing how to deal with people and accepting diversity. All students need tech skills for success. Everyone needs empathy, broaden the World, and be more caring

How can college students develop this skill at Clemson University?

Not much you can do in the classroom. When you question youself, you are learning. Think and question. You can’t make anyone learn, say it’s important. Have more persistence, learn from mistakes, study harder

As a college student, what element of professionalism did you struggle with the most?

Being a diplomatic person, holding your emotions and acting properly. She didn’t struggle with it, over time she had to learn how to be patient. Understanding the other person, without being judgemental (example: A person's vote; Trump or Hillary). It took her time to get used to it. Everyone should see how a person feel and think.


  • I choose to interview Prof. Zeynep Taydas because Introduction to International Relations was a struggle for me at the beginning of the semester. This class assigned many chapters to read and a lot of videos to watch. I would always put this class to the side, to focus on other classes. This caused to score badly on the first few test and quizzes. Another reason I interviewed her because she’s from a different background. Taydas is from Russia and moved to the United States between the late 90s and early 2000s. My reaction to the answers she provided would be the typical answers you would get from any professor. I like how she went in depth and gave detailed answers because you could tell she was very interested with the interview. We spoke in her office for an hour, the interview gave a different perspective of her. There were many things I learned about her, during our conversation. She didn’t decide to be a professor, until after her first year of college. She has many different hobbies such as cooking, traveling, learning different languages, tennis, swimming, and others. The best thing I took from this interview, was when she said students didn’t she the big picture and only focus on getting good grades. I’m guilty of this, because I only focus on passing my classes. She said students should ask themselves what skills are they getting from college and learn as much as you can. The interview affected my perception of my professor, because professors can be different from outside of class. This kind’ve encouraged me to visit my professor office hours more, because they can be a helping hand outside of class and give help getting the grade you want to achieve. Another interesting thing I learned from Taydas, it took time for her to be patient and non judgemental with her students. With her doing this, she's seeing how each of her students feel and think.

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