It’s about that time again. With finals a little over a month away, students are preparing to register for the spring semester.
And with this registration comes advisement.
Advisement is important for a number of reasons according to Elaine Bryant, director of the student success and academic advising center.
“If they haven’t declared a major, it’s important for advisors to give them that direction and guidance so that they don’t take classes that they don’t need,” Bryant said of students.
Direction and guidance are part of each advisor’s job according to Bryant. But communication between the advisor and the advisee is also important according to English professor, Dr. Cynthia Jeney.
“Primarily, what I think is most important is that I’m communicating with an advisee about what they really want to do with their career,” Jeney said.
However, both Jeney and Bryant want students to understand that they have an obligation to know which classes that they have taken as well as what they hope to take before meeting with their advisors.
“Get your paperwork in order,” Jeney said. “Make sure you know what you’ve already taken so that, when you come in for advisement, we’re not spending two hours just sitting there, figuring out which classes that you’ve had. Figure it out and learn what offerings there are so that you have an idea of what you want to do, so that we can spend your advising time talking about what you want to do with your classes and your life.”
Bryant hopes that students will utilize the Griffon GPS program.
“The Griffon GPS system, which is our new degree audit system that we rolled out in the Spring of this year, is a program that helps students know what they need to take; it keeps (students) on their degree plan if they’ve filled out a major/minor form,” Bryant said. “I encourage students to look at their Griffon GPS and at least have an idea of the classes that they would like to take.”
Bryant also explained how students in University 101 will do a degree planning activity where they lay out their classes for the next four years.
Students should also be aware that faculty advisors are already especially busy with classes, so preparing your schedule in advance will help make the process much easier and less time consuming.
Sophomore history major Chris Crawford always tries to be well-prepared when it comes to advisement.
“I look up what the recommended classes are for that semester for my major, and then I pull together a schedule that interests me for that semester,” Crawford said.
As a result, Crawford usually feels well prepared for his advisement appointment, and believes that the whole process works well in his favor.
“My advisor really helps me with keeping everything in check, making sure that I’m taking enough classes but not too many classes to bog me down,” Crawford said. “He makes sure that everything’s in line for graduation in four years.”
Advisement is important for setting up schedules and keeping everything regarding your degree in check. And while it’s certainly beneficial to plan out your schedule beforehand, Jeney hopes that students really communicate with professors what they want to do in the future once they exit college.
“Think more about what you want to do with your degree, not just how to finish it,” Jeney said.