My Favorite Professor…..EVER!!!!!!!!

Who is my favorite professor? There are so many professors that I have had class with, so it could be a very hard decision. However, there was one professor that I had my freshman year that impacted the rest of my college career. That professor is none other than…Dr. Laura Hilton.

Now, Dr. Hilton is a history professor. You may be saying “Scott….you know you’re a math and communication major, right?”. Trust me – I did not forget this. Dr. Hilton truly taught me so much during my very first semester here.

In the fall of my freshman year, I was enrolled in her HIST 111 – Emergence of the Modern World I class. The day that class started, we had opening convocation, where Dr. Hilton received a faculty award for teaching. I knew then and there that it was an honor to be with this professor.

Her class was NOT easy, to say the least. Mind you – I HATE HISTORY!! Yet, Dr. Hilton taught it in such a way that it was captivating. I didn’t want to miss a single day. Her lectures were very fast paced and detail-oriented, but they were also fun (Her sarcastic sense of humor was amazing). I printed out the lecture outlines that she posted online and used those when taking notes. A saying I always had with her class when taking notes was “The less white that you can see, the better the note-taking day” (One of the days was written in hot pink and the page seems to give off its own glow…haha).

Her tests were difficult, especially considering that this was my first semester. But she did hold study sessions that were VERY useful!!! She did a great deal to help ensure the success of her students. If you showed that you cared and put forth an effort, she helped considerably.

Overall, this was one of the hardest classes that I have ever taken – I ended up with a 92.95, which was a lot better than I expected. However, Dr. Hilton taught me so much more than just the class material. She taught me how to take notes, how to write well, and different methods to study – all different things that I have used throughout my time here at Muskingum. I can not thank Dr. Laura Hilton enough for being the professor that she is. I encourage you to take a class with her during your time here.

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  1. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE DR. HILTON – however, I am going to share an unsolicited story about why I think Muskingum has some of the best professors anywhere …

    About two months into Freshman year, I got the dreaded call from home – my dad had a stroke and was in the hospital. At the time, I did not know what to do or who to call. However, I knew that I was in no shape to go to my student job @ the Speech Department the next morning so I called the professors @ the Speech Department to let them know that I would not be in because of a family emergency.

    The next morning, Dr. Jerry Martin (DM) called my dorm after his 7:30 class to see if I was alright and if I had a ride home. I said that I was doing much better but that I was waiting for my roommate before heading home to Pittsburgh for the weekend. DM was outside my dorm in 5 minutes ready to take me home.

    Though he ended up not taking me home (my roommate ended up driving me home that weekend), DM talked me down and calmed me to the point where I was no longer scared and was ready for anything.

    And at the end of the hour-plus conversation, Dr. Martin gave me his personal cell number and said if I needed anything (including more time @ home or a ride back) that all I needed to do was call him and he’d take care of everything – no questions asked.

    I think every student has that one moment that they know they chose the right school – I had some of the greatest classes with some of the best people (both professor and student) that I could imagine but I knew I made the right choice two months into my time at Muskingum. (and the best part was – when I came back to the Speech Dept. that Monday, I had more “Thinking of You” cards than I could count from all of the other professors and a handful of phone numbers stating that if I needed anything, that they would be there for me)

    There … that is my unsolicited story … great blog ,,,

    • Thanks for sharing, Nate! It’s incredible to hear the stories about how supportive our faculty are.

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