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Prepare for Your First Advising Session

You are expected to:

  • Be prepared to discuss your high school or college record and identify academic areas of interest.
  • Make a list of questions you may have.
  • Be prepared to discuss expectations you have about college and your academic performance.
  • Bring your appointment calendar or planner to jot notes, plans of action, or future appointments.
  • Bring an open mind and a readiness to accept new information or new ways of seeing things.

Expectations for the Student/Advisor Relationship
You can expect:

  • That your advisor will keep information shared in the advising session confidential.
  • That your advisor will not discuss sensitive and confidential information via e-mail or phone.
  • That your advisor will encourage you to make an appointment to discuss complex matters in person rather than risk student or advisor misunderstanding.

Limitations On What Your Advisor May Do For You

  • Your advisor will not have all the answers, but he/she will be willing to find out where you can get answers.
  • Your advisor will not make decisions for you. You must make them for yourself.
  • Your advisor cannot circumvent university policies and procedures, but will support and advocate on your behalf where possible.

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