For anyone about to go into college, there are a lot of changes happening in your life. It can be difficult adjusting to the new setting, and there may be a lot of things that you need extra support with. One resource that colleges provide you with is an academic advisor. It is really important that you meet with your advisor, but what do they actually do?
Amy Elliot-Meisel is an Academic Program Coordinator currently in pursuit of her Master’s degree (MEd) from Loyola University. She has previously served as an academic advisor. Today she discusses what academic advisors can help you with:
- Exploring your interests and potential areas of study
- Direct you towards the information or on-campus resources that you need
- Guide you through your questions about different programs
- Help you with registration
- Work with you to create an academic plan
- Help you pick classes or make changes to your schedule
- Help you if you are struggling in your classes
- Finding resources to deal with personal issues
- Help you with transferring to another school or program
- Discussing career plans and giving appropriate guidance
It is important that you meet with your academic advisor regularly, especially if you have academic concerns. Some colleges may require you to meet with your advisor once a semester before you register for classes.