Coffee with a Professor

student having coffee with professor

Table Topics

It's easy to ask a professor a question in class or in office hours, but how do you start a conversation over coffee or lunch?

Here are some conversation starters to get you talking:

  • How did you get interested in your field?
  • How have you seen ______ field grow and develop in the past few years?
  • What changes do you anticipate in the field?
  • What do you believe are the hottest growth areas in your field?
  • What advice do you have for someone just entering the field?
  • What do you like to do when you're not teaching?
  • Where are you from? Where have you traveled?
  student talking with a professor