So you are preparing to meet with your advisor for the first time? Your academic and career advisor is your go-to person for questions about choosing your major, setting up your schedule, and being successful in college. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of that first session.
1. Think about what you want to do with your career –
Is it just business or business with a dream to own your own company – that difference could help your advisor develop a customized path for you or help you explore majors.
2. Is your major correct?
3. Is all your credit being counted?
Make sure your academic transcript reflects any AP credit, concurrent work or any other possible college credit you may have.
4. Make a list of questions to ask
Are you unclear or unsure about anything? Make a list of what you want to know to make sure you and your advisor cover all of the topics you want to know about. Ask about the academic catalog, DegreeWorks, and other academic resources. Your advisor helps students all day every day and are a wealth of knowledge.
5. Ask yourself some questions –
What classes have you enjoyed? What is your learning style? When do you learn best – morning, afternoons, online? This information can help you communicate your learning needs to your advisor.
6. Think about what commitments you will have outside of class –
Will you be working while going to school? Do you want to be involved in clubs or student groups on campus? Do you have family needs to consider? Knowing these items will help if you need an adjustment to your course load.
7. Be honest with your advisor –
Now is not the time to be a hero. Are you nervous about being able to balance life and school? Do you need study tips? Ask about tutoring and academic success resources.
8. Arrive a little early for your scheduled appointment time –
Advisors have tight schedules and this will help you get the most out of your appointment time.
9. Be ready to make decisions –
Your advisor will ask for your feedback. Be ready and up for the challenge of choosing your courses, major, or course load. You get to make those decisions – not parents, friends, or others.
10. Stay in contact with your advisor –
They are a vital resource for you to have a successful college career.