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Most Influential Professor

I am sure every student at least once upon reaching college has heard the expression that “the professor makes the class.” Yet I had never truly bought into the catchy proverb until I entered my Business Communication (BUAD 302) class for the first time and had the tremendous pleasure of walking into the class of Professor Gregory Pollack last semester.

Over the course of the class, Professor Pollack, who himself is a “Double Trojan” because he attended USC both for undergraduate and graduate school, truly changed the lives of his students by being one of the most insightful people I have ever met. Not only did he conduct the class in such a way that we were treated like professional executives in a “business seminar” setting rather than a classroom, but he instilled us with “real-life” practical advice that we could use everyday in the real world. Whether it be in an interview or when giving a presentation to the board of directors of any company, Professor Pollack gave each and every one of his students all of the skills necessary to succeed in the real business world or in whichever career path they decide to pursue.

Never before have I had the opportunity to have such a professor that I could learn so much from simply by observing the way he conducted himself on a daily basis. Never before have I admired a professor to the extent that I take every piece of guidance so seriously and to heart. And never before have I had the pleasure of having a professor after whom I have wanted to professionally model myself after more than Professor Pollack. To me, he has sincerely become my mentor and I would like to thank him for all that he has done, for I am positive that I would not be where I stand today had it not been for his leadership in this class and the confidence he has had and instilled in me.

“A mentor is someone who sees more talent and ability within you, than you see in yourself, and helps bring it out of you.” – Bob Proctor


Posted on February 9, 2017 by Mariel Salem


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