Monday, June 9, 2014

Respect my time

Dear Student,

I am busy. I am busy all the time. That is why, you the student who is not my PhD/MS student and has not been admitted to the program, has to take an appointment to meet me.

If you do not have an appointment (and I have a grant submission deadline) you will have to go back and get an appointment with me and then meet me. Otherwise I will turn you away (even if you traveled for 2 hours).

I am sorry. But my time is more important than your time and if you do not respect my time, I cannot respect yours.

your professor


  1. Dr. Noncoding ArenayJune 9, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    Ouch! Grumpy today, are we? I agree that students (that are not in your lab or collaborating lab personnel) should think ahead and get an appointment. However, if the poor sod has traveled 2 hours I'd give them a one-time break and at least 10 minutes of my time. Often its not that students take your time for granted, some just don't realize how busy a TT prof really is.

    1. I gave him 5 minutes but that is all I could afford :P