Once you find professors whom you respect, it's up to you to initiate the relationship. The best way is to visit during office hours and talk to them. You are not bothering them. They expect you to visit.
When I was in high school, the encouragement I got was "You can go anywhere. Money shouldn't be an issue." When I started working as a college advisor, I imparted the same advice to motivate my students. But lately, I feel like I'm lying.
The fact is the cost of higher education has increased five times faster than median incomes over the last thirty years. For all of the lip service paid to increasing access to higher education, it's become more and more difficult to afford.
What can be done about what President Obama as a candidate presciently labeled the "empathy deficit"? The key thing is to recognize the value of relationships and the fact that we are not independent but interdependent.
While the DREAM Act has inspired bold activism led by educators and students, its status as a pillar of the immigration reform movement may be somewhat undercut by the taint of the military recruitment machine.