From the inbox #476

“Okay, so please don’t make fun of me. I’m a college student and I have a HUGE squish on my favorite professor. There’s nothing inappropriate or romantic about it- he’s like fifty and I’m a twenty year old gay girl. But every time he talks to me I feel so much smarter having had that conversation and I love the knowledge he imparts on me. Also, he and I share similar academic interests and similar senses of humor – he’s so funny. And I feel like he could be an LGBT role model for me.
I feel really terrible and embarrassed about this. I feel like I’m doing something wrong.
I love his lectures and I’m enrolled in a class with him next semester. So I suppose my question is directed to anyone who has had a squish like this that they felt was somewhat inappropriate. How do I strike up a conversation and become friends? Preferably friends in a mentor-mentee sort of way. I have no idea what to do. I’m really embarrassed. Also, I’ve been told to just go to office hours, but he has such good lectures that I never have any questions!
Please help me. Is this inappropriate? Is there any way I can kind of recruit him as my mentor in a way that won’t be construed as messed up? 😕

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