Advisement Day is the lovely day where us students do not have class but we meet with our advisor to schedule our classes for the upcoming semester. As a second semester sophomore, I have already gone through three Advisement Days with my fourth one slowly creeping in. As an Advisement Day veteran, I’m going to give you a few tips/”need to knows” for the 2015 Spring Semester’s Advisement Day!
- Arrange a time to meet with your academic advisor. This is what the whole “Advisement Day” thing is for. More than likely, your RA will help you and remind you about this. For the month of March, you’re going to see “ADVISEMENT DAY” just about everywhere. I like to meet with my advisor the day before Advisement Day so I can have that entire day off because yes, we do not have class on Advisement Day. This is just a vintage Michael Aurrichio move.
- Make a mock schedule. Although you know that your academic advisor is going to help you, it really couldn’t hurt to play around with classes that you need and arrange them. You might, at the least, want to have a list of classes that fill certain requirements written down somewhere.
- Make a second mock schedule. Be prepared to be locked out of certain class times as well as classes in general, especially if you’re someone with a later time or maybe even just someone who’s younger. Yes, I’m looking at you, current freshmen. It’s okay though because I’ll be right there with you.
- Make a third mock schedule. Seriously, like, it couldn’t hurt to be overly prepared or prepared for the worst.
- Learn how to navigate through DegreeWorks. Just like everyone else, I like to think that I’m pretty good with technology, but I would be lying if I said that I can efficiently work with DegreeWorks. You should know how to get to DegreeWorks. Take like at least half an hour out of your day and just play around with it. DegreeWorks can tell you just about everything you need to know including your academic standing, GPA (Grade Point Average, for you newbies), how many credits you need, how close you are to your degree and so on and so forth. DegreeWorks is a little complicated but needed and super important.
- Write down just about everything. During your meeting, your advisor is going to give you an alternate pin, it’s absolutely imperative that you have that written down in like seven different places, including one written down on your body somewhere. Depending on your advisor, they might tell you a few other important things for the future so definitely write those down.
- When your time comes, be ready. What does this mean? When it’s time to sign up for your classes, be online at least half an hour before. Monitor the classes you want to take and be prepared adjust as time goes on. I usually am trolling around “UG courses” for that whole day and most times the day before.
- Just remember to breathe. I know this is a silly way to put it, but this is also important. This is not the last time you’ll see this phrase from me. I constantly stress from things like this but one thing I learned was to always remember to breathe. You might not get in your classes, you might freak out hours before, you might misplace your alternate pin, just take a moment to breathe. It’s not the end of the world.
I hope these help! Advisement Day is stressful, I won’t pretend like it’s not. It does not need to be as stressful as we make it, so with these tips I just would like to wish everyone a good luck and calm Advisement Day (which is March 24, by the way)! I’ll see you all on the other side!