From a person giving a presentation about Stanford (in high school... will be attending quite a few of those), she mentioned that professors actually want to meet with people but they never come forth. So professors in Stanford have small competitions of Hai Ku, and Poetry writting where the prize is to come in the professors golf cart to class with the professor. Well i though this as weird, but I am interning in a nanotechnology lab at Florida International Univ, and have an assignment where i have to ask an engineer teacher a few questions, as an introduction to an engineer for my Dual Enrollment Engineering course. Well I asked the secretary of the lead professor (he had just left) and director of AMERI (Advanced Materials Engineering Research Institute), and she said off course, he would actually like it, hinting at that very few people come up to ask him questions and he likes to talk.
So perhaps they are not too bad after all... all this about professors not having enough time to talk to students may in some cases be true, but in most cases the students just do not have the integrity of going up and asking a question. I can't wait to set up the interview, it will be so interesting.