How to Prepare for your Academic Advising Appointment
What to bring to the appointment
- Something to write with and on. (Bring a pen and paper. Do not try to take notes on your computer)
- Information about the requirements for your intended major.
- Ideas about which courses you may want to take next semester.
Be prepared to discuss
- How your current semester and courses are going. (Be Honest)
- Any difficulties you may be having.
- Your likes and dislikes. (This may include your classes, interests, and hobbies)
- Anything that may affect your course load. (Jobs, extracurricular activities, plans for the future, etc.)
- Current feelings on your desired major.
- Ideas about minors or other academic opportunities, such as study abroad or internships.
- Any questions you may have about college.
What you will leave your appointment with
- A clear understanding of what you should take next semester, and why those courses are recommended.
- A clear understanding of the requirements for your major.
- Information on referrals, if appropriate. For example, if you say you are having trouble in math, your advisor may suggest visiting the Tutoring Center.
- Answers to your questions.
- Your advisor's name and contact information in case you have any questions or concerns after the appointment.