I'm interested in knowing if other students have had professors who latched onto you and put opportunities in your path that you would not have gotten otherwise. In the VERY early 1970's, I quit the engineering department at the University of Maine and switched over to A&S to pursue English literature at the urging of a Professor Emeritus who was a Rhodes Scholar. There, I heard of an invitation-only course in Meta-Ethics to be offered by Erling Skorpen that was going to be offered to some grad students and some advanced upper under-grads. I girded my loins and asked the department head (Skorpen) if I could talk to him a bit and he generously agreed to give me 15 minutes of his lunch hour the next day. I met him at noon and we talked until after 3:00, by which time he was late for a scheduled class. I got into his invitation-only class, and never had to take a 1xx or 2xx philosophy course, leading me to a double-major in English lit and Philosophy. When I moved back to the area to take some courses later, he referred one of of his proteges to me for mentoring. She was in danger of losing her focus and was in a destructive relationship with a musician in a prominent NE blues band. Erling knew of my long association with the blues scene, and my weekend gigs to pay my tuition, so he regarded me as a sort of bridge between worlds. I think it worked out, and I hope the "fix" held, though I have not maintained contact with that lovely young lady.