An advisor, especially a departmental advisor can assist you by helping you to:
- Select courses that lead to your degree
- Understand the reasons behind the curriculum
- Plan your academic load
- Approve your class schedule
- Identify campus resources that can aid you academically and socially
- Monitor your progress
- Help you to see the career opportunities open to you.
Although there are advisors who may not be as supportive and helpful as they should be, most advisors are anxious to talk to you. They appreciate the students who come to see them. They welcome the chance to get your reactions to what is going on in the program and to obtain student perspectives on a range of subjects. Don’t feel that you are imposing on the advisor’s time. For faculty, advisement is part of their responsibility and for many advisors, it is their only responsibility.