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    Talking to an academic counselor?

    created by OSilentNightOwl 279 days 10 hours 52 minutes ago

    Category: Education

    Talking to an academic counselor?

    Hey everybody,

    How often would you say you interact with academic counselors? Do you find them useful?

    My school ended up listing three of the classes I need to take next quarter at the exact same time. So now I have to go speak with a counselor and try to figure this whole situation out and see if any solution is available. I don't really like my major counselors, as they don't usually offer anything to me beyond what's already on their website, or don't know how to answer my questions. I really like the counselors for the honors program, but I wasn't able to schedule an appointment because this week is all filled up already. So hopefully my major counselors will actually be able to help, but I'm not super optimistic.

    How about you? Do you go often? Do you find going to be helpful, or a waste of time?

    All the best,
    Matt

    Re: Talking to an academic counselor?

    Hey Matt!

    I'vebeen lucky enough not to ever need to meet with my advisor in person, but I've emailed him a few times with questions or concerns.

    Have a good one!

    Re: Talking to an academic counselor?

    hey matt,
    looking back now i wish i went to my counselors and instructors more often... just to talk about what was on my mind and what i was thinking about. i think that could have helped me make the most of my college years and set me on the best path after graduating. part of me thought i did not want to bother them but in all likelihood they wanted to be "bothered" with questions and are happy to work with you to make the most of your college experience. having said that some counselors are definitely better than others so you've got to find one that suites you best.
    good luck! K

    Re: Talking to an academic counselor?

    Hi Matt,

    I talk to my advisor only to the extent that I am required to. We are required to speak with an advisor to get our registration codes each term. The very first one I saw seemed helpful but later found out she advised me incorrectly of when a couple classes were offered. I had one that would just email me the code, and most recently I had a phone appointment just to be given six digits. I think a counselor/advisor can be helpful for unanswered questions or if you truly need direction and unsure which route to take. I have been able to find answers to my questions on the website, so meeting with a counselor is more of an inconvenience.

    Re: Talking to an academic counselor?

    Hey Matt!
    I would totally take advantage of my counselors if I were you. Sure they’re busy, but they’re also there with the sole purpose of helping you. I think the key is to go in knowing exactly what you want out of the meeting and having already thought through your questions. Not only will your counselor be impressed, but it’ll make the meeting efficient and worthwhile! Good luck and don’t freak out- even if they don’t know you well, counselors are here to help:)

    Re: Talking to an academic counselor?

    My counselor usually doesn't help me directly either. I think they're responsible for pointing you to resources or other staffs who play more direct roles in the major field you're pursuing, but my advisor knows only the very basics. With that said my school requires me to follow up with my counselor every semester before we register for new classes the next semester. So I still see my advisor every semester at least once. I think they can be helpful on some levels but for the most part I learn to just rely on my own research and finding through the school's website, or calling around and seeking for more specific help than relying on my counselor lol.

    Have a good one!