It is that time of year again–advisement. Before you rush to your adviser to obtain your registration access number (RAN), here are few tips to keep in mind.
1. Sign-up and show up
Things happen; it’s life. However, you only have one week prior to early registration to obtain your RAN. If you miss your advising appointment, go back to your adviser’s sign-up sheet to see if there are any additional time slots available for the week of advisement. Most advisers provide more time slots than they have advisees, but if no one signs up for the available times them then the advisor will probably not be in his or her office waiting for someone to show up. Also, advisers may not have advisement times for every day of the week. Sign up early!
2. See a peer adviser
If you are in the Communication Arts Department there are peer advisers available to help you plan your schedule. Peer advisers are also students within the Communication Arts Department. Therefore they may not know the answer to all your questions, but they will at least get you on the right path. They will also help you begin a list of questions to ask your adviser. Peer advising is available throughout the month of March but availability changes daily, so check the Veazey Hall conference door for times.
3. Bring your tentative schedule and folder to advisement
In order to obtain your folder you will need your ID. The main office will not accept other items, such as phones, credit cards, etc. in exchange for your folder. (And yes, students have attempted to exchange the aforementioned items, among other things, for their folder.) Your folder is necessary during advisement as it is a record of your appointment with your adviser and your time in the Communication Arts Department. Thus, additional important information will be housed in your folder upon completion of your advisement session. And don’t forget your tentative schedule. Peer advisers (see #2) will help you devise a tentative schedule.
4. Bring questions with you
Now is the time to ask your adviser pertinent questions concerning your schedule. Hence the word pertinent. Advisement times are short to accommodate the many advisees that must be advised within the one week time frame. Answers to some questions, although pertinent, can be found online. The departmental website provides course rotations, course descriptions and prerequisites, departmental minors, etc. Take the time to review this information, and your university catalog, prior to speaking with your adviser. If you are a public relations major, here are answers to some frequently asked questions regarding the major.
5. Focus on advisement
I know that faculty is sometimes difficult to catch, especially outside their office hours. However, your advisement time should focus on advisement, not internships, graduation clearance, class work, etc. Please be mindful that there will be people flowing into the advisers office before and/or after your advisement time.
What have I missed? What would you add?