Fall Academic Advising in the College

This week, the first meetings for students with their academic advisers began–either lower division faculty advisers, if the students are first years or sophomores, or major advisers, if the student is a junior or senior.  These are extremely important meetings.  Often, a student simply arrives and says “what should I take?” or arrives with a list of courses from RateMyProfessor.com. Needless to say, these are not very good strategies to initiate the advising process.  These advising sessions are unique opportunities for interaction with our faculty advisers.  The meetings provide the opportunity for students to explore their passions, career opportunities, and thoughts about different courses and disciplines and learn what the faculty have to say.  Our faculty are equiped to engage with students about options.  However, the students must also come prepared to be engaged, not with a list of classes, but with their thoughts on which courses they have most enjoyed, what activities are of interest and what they think they might want to do in the world of work.  During advising conversations, the faculty and the student get to know each other better, and the student can take advantage of the faculty person’s experience and network.  The student should not seek the easiest courses, but by identify those courses that will help them to challenge themselves and, thus, exceed their artificial or self-imposed limits.  This ‘limit stretch’ is the value of a Wake Forest College education and there is no better time than now to take full advantage of all Wake Forest has to offer.

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