The summer internship application season is upon us. This only means one thing— recommendations are needed. Worried your professors don’t like you enough, or know the real you? Bwog gives our list of the best ways to be noticed (or even liked) by your professor of choice.
Laugh at all of their jokes
Make it obvious that you’ve done the reading
Email them with questions (but not stupid questions)
Ask for help (at office hours, via email, whenever you have a good excuse to talk to them, do it)
Tell them about the cool things you’ve been able to do or understand thanks to their class
Help (the humanities profs) with their technology issues
Come to them with related questions of interest—if you’re thinking of doing a summer internship in their field, ask for advice!
Always thank them for their help
Tell them how cute their children are (only if the children are of appropriate age for this)
Nominate them for Actual Wisdom
Feign interest in their personal anecdotes
Offer to clean their house for free
Come to class a little late so they see you come in—they’ll remember you better that way.
Don’t suck up like Blair Waldorf
Offer them free tickets to your campus show
Compliment their wardrobe choices
Give them restaurant recommendations
“The barista messed up”—pretend you’ve received a free second coffee and leave it on their podium
Make them a personalized book cover for their textbook
Worth a Shot?
Make a cheesecake in the shape of their face
Invite yourself to their birthday party
Throw them a birthday party
Go to all office hours and sit silently in their office staring at them the entire time (they’ll remember you)
Ask them to The Heights for a marg
Pass them a love note in class
Name a milkshake after them and bring it in for sampling
Have your a cappella group serenade them during exam review week