the worst they can say is No. 🙂
“But what if they laugh at me, or think I’m stupid, or remind me how unworthy I am????”
well, then, you should thank them for their strong response, and for making it crystal clear that you now have no further desire to work for them, learn from them, fall in love with them, or spend time with them.
Of course right. 🙂
most likely, they won’t do any of the above, since you are great and have better judgement than that. So ask away and don’t be afraid of No! No provides much more information than nothing at all, and we need to be informed to move on and up – so…go for it!