By: Dayton Bissett
It’s that time of year again for students to register for classes for the summer and fall of 2019.
For seniors and graduates, registration begins Feb. 25; juniors begins Feb. 28; sophomores begins March 4; and freshmen begins March 6.
Director of Advisors Elaine Bryant said it’s important to meet with your advisor as soon as possible.
“The first thing students need to do is make an appointment,” Bryant said. “Don’t just expect to be able to walk in the door and see your advisor because many of the advisors have multiple advisees, and they also teach and have office hours. So, advisors have multiple tasks that they have to complete within the timeframe. But, this is the prime time for students to have that advisement completed.”
Bryant also said it is important to go to the advisement session prepared.
“The second step is for students to have a list of classes that they have in mind and want to take,” Bryant said. “If students don’t know their major, that’s a conversation that they need to have with their advisor. But, if they’ve already worked out a degree plan, then they need to bring that degree plan with them to their advisement session because that helps the process go so much smoother.”
Academic advisor Derek Evans said coming prepared to your advisement session is the number one way to make your advisor happy.
“The thing that bothers some advisors the most is coming in and just asking the advisor to pick your classes for you,” Evans said. “While some advisors may work that way, others like myself and the folks in the Student Success office really want to give students ownership of their future and ownership of their journey.”
Freshman Judah Beasley said speaking to your advisor early helps students have a better idea of what is coming up next semester.
“Now that I’ve already spoken to my advisor, I have a much better idea of what classes I’ll be taking,” Beasley said. “It’s a nice feeling to get it done sooner rather than later because waiting until the last minute usually adds a ton of unnecessary stress.”
If you have any other questions for your advisor, this is a good time to ask.
Bryant said students should utilize their advisement time by also asking their advisor about opportunities they may have.
“When you go to meet with your advisor, have questions about internships, practicums, part time jobs, job shadowing, any of those kinds of questions, because this is the prime time to talk with your advisor about those kind of things,” Bryant said. “Also if you’re nearing graduation, ask about grad school applications or reference letters, things like that. So just thinking ahead, using the connection you made with your advisor, how can you get connected to that next step that you’re trying to move forward to.”