May 2nd, 2010
College advisors are there to guide and encourage you throughout your educational experience. They inform you of degree requirements and help you plan out a schedule so you can fulfill the requirements. Academic advising is a collaborative effort. It is the advisor's responsibility to understand degree programs and clearly communicate expectations to the student. It is the student's responsibility to fulfill requirements and keep a record of their academic progress. Some colleges may require that you meet with your advisor often, others may not, but it's important that you meet with your advisor on a regular basis, especially whenever you have questions about your schedule and degree plan.
It is important that you see your advisor to help you plan your school schedule. Carefully arranging your schedule each semester will ensure that you are making progress toward your degree and complete all requirements in a timely manner. Schedules can be tricky; with some courses not being offered every semester and a limited number of class times, it can be hard to arrange your schedule in a way that works for you. If you absolutely need to take a course this semester but every single class is full, don't just assume that it would be impossible to fit you in. Let an advisor know if you really need to take a specific class. There's a chance they might be able to help squeeze you into it or help you figure out another way you can take it.
It is important that you see your advisor to make sure you are on track with your degree plan. It is an advisor's job to explain your degree plan to you and make sure you understand the progress you are making toward it. Remember, when you are paying thousands of dollars a year for school, no question is too stupid to ask your advisor. If you are confused about whether or not a certain course fulfills a requirement, or how you are expected to fit all of your courses into a four year period, make an appointment. It is important that you take a proactive approach and keep track of your own progress. Whether it's accidently counting a class toward a requirement, or not noticing that you are missing that extra elective, advisors make mistakes. When it comes to your degree plan, these mistakes can be the difference between graduating on time or not, so make sure they are caught early on.