Wednesday, March 13, 2019

How To Get The Most Of Your Advising Appointment

Priority registration is coming up; you need to get ready. Here are some tips for getting the most out of your advising appointment.

Come prepared.
First and foremost, check out Degree Works; get familiar with your program and who your advisor is. You’ll then have a better understanding of which courses are required for you and if there are pre-existing transfer pathways beyond Vol State. “We’ll go over Degree Works with them anyway, but if they’ve already reviewed it, they will be more prepared and can come with deeper questions and make better use of their time,” said Lindsay Guenther of the Advising Center.

Plan ahead; begin with the end in mind.
“They need to be thinking about where they’re headed. They may need guidance through that process, and that’s what we’re here for. They don’t have to have answers yet, but they should start thinking about it … I tell a lot of students ‘begin with the end in mind’ that’s actually from Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” Lindsay said.

Do you want to transfer on to a university? If so, which school and program? Does your field require a graduate degree for entry level jobs? Maybe you are just burnt out by college and want to get into the workforce? By bringing this type of information to your advisor, you are helping them help you make the best decisions based on your specific plans. If you have no idea what you want to do, check the next tip.

List your interests; analyze the commonalities.
If you already know what you want to do, then skip this tip. If you’re clueless about your future career, start here. “Even if you play video games or like hanging out with friends, there are things that can be extracted from that … Like, if you enjoy videogames, to me that says you like strategy. So, you might excel in a job that involves some type of strategic thinking,” she said.

Additionally, there are many personal inventory and career assessment tests available through the Advising Center; an advisor can help you analyze your results.

Make an appointment.
This may seem like common sense, yet many students too often rely on walk-ins. Scheduling an appointment is the only way to ensure that your advisor is available. Go ahead and pick up the phone or shoot an email to your advisor to lock in your appointment. “This time of year, in the middle of the semester, they need to be making an appointment with their assigned advisor versus just walking in. During the summer and in between semesters they can just walk in because we see everybody,” Lindsay added.

By the way, it is now mandatory for all TN Promise students to meet with an advisor at least once and all incoming freshmen must attend orientation, take note! Here the some dates for summer/fall priority registration:

April 1: Sophomores
April 2: Freshmen
April 15: New and returning students

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-By Rachel Keyes

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