Since your academic advisor will be one of your most important guides in college, the first impression you make matters. It is crucial for you to be prepared for your first meeting with your advisor. Maybe you’re not sure what questions to ask or what information you should share about yourself. We have created a document to help you navigate this initial encounter so it will be beneficial to both you and your advisor.
This document includes questions for you to ask your advisor and also information for you to fill in about yourself; this will help your advisor better understand you and your academic needs.
If you have time before your first meeting, read over these questions and answer numbers 1, 2, 10, 11, and 12. You may not get to all the questions during your first meeting and that’s okay. If you think you know some of the answers already, check with your advisor to make sure you understand them correctly and then move on to the next question. Be prepared to share if your advisor wants a copy of this document.
Plan to connect with your advisor at least two times each semester. Your advisor is someone you can count on, so it is vital for you to take the time to build this relationship. Listen to your advisor; if you do not agree with his or her views, you have the right to question, respond, review and respectfully disagree. Once you have met a few times, you will know if you and your advisor are a good match.
It is appropriate to switch advisors if you feel you are not connecting. After all, the college bulletin states that you and only you are responsible for your college experience. Faculty, staff, and advisors are here as your guides, but this is your college experience.