Good questions to ask academic advisers


By Victoria Snell

The minute you get accepted to college, you get assigned to an academic adviser. Their job is to assist you in creating the best and most effective experience during your time in school. Most times, academic advisers are more than willing to help if you come to them with questions. If you’re normally soft-spoken or just don’t know where to start, take a look below for some questions that you might not know you had.

What are the requirements for my major/degree?

Whether you’ve declared a major, or are stuck between a couple, it is important to know their requirements. Factors such as time or interests may affect the choice you make. Academic advisers have the resources and abilities to help you create comparisons or help you decide whether a major is best for you.

Can I switch or add a major or minor?

Sometimes, students choose to double major or add a minor to their degree track. Academic advisers can give advice about whether it is possible with the time you’re spending at college.

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How am I doing? (Am I on track?)

With the hustle and bustle of starting a new year, homework and exams, it’s easy to lose sight of how it is affecting the overall track toward a degree. Asking a counselor about how much progress you are making is a good way to stay informed and figure out if you’re on the right track for graduation or achieving goals.

How can I go about achieving some of my goals?

Similar to the last question, being preoccupied with the day-by-day schoolwork might make figuring out how to achieve your goals difficult. Whether it’s where to ask for help, or where to start, academic advisers are there to help you find the best ways to be productive.

Will my credits transfer?

Taking classes at a different college or gaining credits from high school might have an effect on the classes that you need to take at your current college. It is important to review previously received credits with an academic adviser to ensure that you aren’t taking unnecessary classes.

How do I add/drop/plan/register for classes?

Every semester, there comes a time when you need to plan and register for classes for the upcoming term. Academic advisers can tell you when and how to go about registering for classes. They can also give you the cutoff dates for adding or dropping a class once the semester has already begun.

What should I do if I’m struggling? (Where can I go for help?)

Whether it’s an academic or a personal problem, advisers can connect you with the right people to help. Sometimes, it’s best to receive guidance and advice, and academic advisers can help you figure out the best way to get you back on your feet.

How or where can I go to learn more about career/internship opportunities?

While they might direct you to the career center, academic advisers may also be able to connect you with professors or alumni who may be able to give you advice or a lead on an internship or career opportunity. Advisers see students come and go every year, and they can tell you where students in the past have looked.

Is it worth it to pursue a higher degree or graduate school?

While some may choose to go straight into the career world after graduation, others decide to pursue a higher degree or graduate school. Again, academic advisers have seen thousands of students go in nearly every direction possible. They can help you decide which post-grad option is best for you.

Victoria is a senior in Media. 

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