Jun. 27, 2013 by Carolyn
Now that you’re browsing WesMaps and thinking about which courses to take, you may be brimming with questions and wondering what kind of advising resources will be available to you once you get on campus. This post will serve as a Q and A to answer some of these anticipated questions…and give you plenty of time to think of some more!
Q: Will anyone (besides the wonderful peer advisors) help me pick my courses for next semester?
A: Yes! Every incoming student is paired with a faculty advisor, who will help you plan and must approve your academic schedule. Besides for your peer advisors, your faculty advisor will be your go-to person for any questions related to course selection, general education expectations (“GenEds”), etc.
Q: On what basis will my faculty advisor be assigned?
A: Great question! There are a few different ways your faculty advisor may be assigned. Some faculty advisors are assigned based on your first-year seminar (FYS) choice. However, since not all faculty advisors teach FYSs and not all freshmen take them, matching is also made on the basis of your responses to the “Academic Interests” and “Interests and Goals” on the Summer Registration form. So the more thorough you are in completing the form, the better the match should be!
Q: But what if my interests and goals completely change by the time I get to Wes or during my freshman year?
A: Don’t worry! At this point, your advisors are really there to give you general advice and support. It’s great if it turns out that your faculty advisor has the same interests as you, but they can still be extremely helpful without sharing your interests. Keep in mind that your faculty advisor will change once you declare a major. In the spring of your sophomore year, you will choose or receive a new faculty advisor to give you specific advice on your major and graduation requirements.
Q: When do I get to meet my faculty advisor?
A: Sometime during or right before orientation week, your advisor will set up a meeting for all of his or her first year advisees to come in and discuss general academic information and the honor code. Later that week, you will have one-on-one meetings with your advisor to talk about your courses for the semester.
If you’re excited to learn more about how to best utilize your faculty advisor as a resource: here’s a great post you should check out.
As orientation gets closer, there will be a few more posts like this coming your way so remember to keep checking the Peer Advisor blog. Good luck!