Every student who attends college is assigned an advisor. Your advisor is responsible for helping you select classes to meet your degree requirements. You should have received the name and contact information for your advisor when you received your acceptance letter. If not, call the admissions office and request this information.
Call your advisor and introduce yourself. Set up a time to meet with him or her to talk about your placement scores and the classes you need to take in order to complete your program.
Things to Remember About Your Advisor:
- Always talk with an advisor before you register for classes. Your advisor can help you pick classes that may fulfill more than one credit, and help you organize your class schedule so it fits with your needs.
- You should feel comfortable talking with your advisor and you should get thoughtful advice from him or her on reaching your career goals. If you are not comfortable with your advisor, you can always ask for another one. Go to the academic advising office and ask how to switch to another advisor. You may need to fill out a form and have your former advisor and new advisor each sign it.
Creating Goals with Your Advisor:
- Before classes, you should come up with a set of realistic goals for the semester.
- Follow the SMART Formula to create goals that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time. For more information about creating SMART goals go to the Student Success Skills page
- Your advisor can help you come up with a step-by-step plan on how to achieve your goals.
- Goal-setting is helpful because it will keep you on track and motivated throughout the semester.