It's no secret: college professors can be intimidating.  They're super smart and in charge of your education -- not to mention your grades after all. College professors can also be really interesting, really engaging people, that being said, of course. Your professors likely encourage you to come speak with them during office hours. And you may in fact have a question or two you'd like to ask. Consider any of the following things to talk to your professor about in case you'd like a few additional topics to have on hand for your conversation. You can easily talk about the class in case you are currently taking a class with a professor. What do you like about it? What do you find really interesting and engaging? What do the other students like about it? What recently happened in class that you'd like more information on, that you found helpful, or that was just plain funny? You can easily talk about it in case your professor is teaching a class next semester or next year that you're interested in. You can ask about the reading load, what kinds of topics will be covered, what expectations the professor has for the class.

Things to talk to your professor about

There's nothing wrong with talking to a professor about a previous class you took with him or her that you really enjoyed. You can talk about what specifically you found interesting and ask if your professor can suggest other classes or supplemental reading so that you can pursue your interests further. Even just a tiny bit -- your professors can be great resources for you in case you are thinking about graduate school. They can talk to you about different programs of study, what you're interested in, what graduate schools would be a good match for your interests, and even what life as a graduate student is like.  It could be that you absolutely love botany but have no idea what you can do with a botany degree once you graduate. A professor can be a great person to talk to about your options (in addition to the career center, of course). They may know of internships, job opportunities, or professional contacts that can help you along the way in addition to this. Mention it to your professor in case you recently went over a topic or theory in class that you absolutely loved! It will undoubtedly be rewarding for him or her to hear about, and you can find out more about a topic you didn't know you'd love. Anything you're struggling with in class. Your professor can be a great -- if not the best -- resource for getting clarity or more information about something you're struggling with. A one-on-one conversation with your professor can provide you with an opportunity to walk through an idea and ask questions in a way that you simply cannot do in a large lecture hall in addition to this.