Today we wrap up our discussion on communication. One of the most important people you will communicate with during your college career is your advisor. You need to communicate early and often with your advisor because they will be the person who helps you map your degree plan and make sure you meet the requirements for your degree.
Today I will give you tips to prepare for a meeting with your advisor and some questions you should ask during the meeting.
How to prepare:
1. Find out if you need to make an appointment. If so, schedule it ahead of time and make sure you are on time. If no appointment is required, go when you have time, you might have a short wait before you meet with an advisor and then you want to allow for about 20 minutes for the meeting.
2. Look over your interactive audit on the myUNT student center.
3. Know the requirements of any scholarships or special programs you are in. You might have a certain number of credits you need to take or certain classes to take, you should inform your advisor of these.
4. Share with your advisor if you are interested in a minor or double major.
5. Bring your schedule of classes to the meeting.
6. Tell your advisor if you are thinking about taking classes over the summer at another univeristy (so you can make sure the credits count and will transfer). Also, if you are interested in study abroad programs, your advisor can help you with that.
7. Have a plan in mind, write down some courses you want to take. Do not expect your advisor to plan your schedule for you.
What are some questions you should ask:
1. What level math courses do I need for my major, how many courses will I need?
2. Are there any foreign language requirements for my degree?
3. What are the admission requirements for my degree? (will i need a certain number of credits, a certain gpaor pre-req courses)
4. Do I have an official degree plan completed? If not, when should I request one be done?
What to expect during a meeting with your advisor:
An advisor will go over your degree audit, answer your questions and help you make a list of recommended courses for the next semester. Some majors will block your registration until you meet with an advisor, once you meet with an advisor they will remove the hold so you can register.
Registration for Spring 2010 begins on November 12 at 7am for Freshmen. Click here for more information on registration.
Tell us in the comment section what is one question that you have about registration for spring and you could win in today’s drawing.