UDR Message to First-Years

We hope that one of the many reasons you came to Brandeis is because our faculty are great teachers and researchers, but we also want you to know that they are great resources for you and your fellow students. To help you get the most from your relationships with professors, we’d like to offer some suggestions to assist you in building your connections with Brandeis faculty, this year and beyond. 

Developing connections with your instructors will help you do better academically, learn more about relevant academic, research, fellowship, and internship opportunities, and figure out your path and long-term goals for making a difference in the world. 

As your peers, we Undergraduate Departmental Representatives (UDRs) know that professors may come off as intimidating. Remember that they also live their lives like regular people, with families to attend to, and passions for non-academic topics. Professors also enjoy talking with students and want to get to know you! We have put together a list of ideas to help you build relationships with professors right away:  

Establishing a connection with your professors is a valuable and enriching experience. It won’t happen without a little effort on your part, but you’ll find that sending that email, or asking that question will greatly contribute to your Brandeis education. Relationships with professors can last long after graduation, and are one of the sustainable, long term results of a college education. 

Remember, we are here to help you navigate through this first year and through the rest of your college experience. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

Sincerely, 

Undergraduates Departmental Representatives