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Would your student like to major in History with a minor in Philosophy? Or maybe double major in Economics and Finance with a specialization in Actuarial Science? What about finding time to study abroad or intern? How about spending a summer in Europe backpacking or in Africa assisting with health initiatives? Are there situations outside of the classroom impacting the student’s ability to study or perform well? All of these are conversations that our academic advisors are having with students - conversations that focus on what makes your student, well, your student. As an academic advisor I am focused on developing a partnership with my students. It is personal and we do get a bit nosey, but this partnership requires the student and academic advisor to engage in an open dialogue that focuses on realistic academic, personal, and career goals. What a student would like to experience, in college and beyond, is a key part of the discussion.
Which is why you will hear academic advisors say that academic advising is so much more than course scheduling. Academic advisors want students to leave the conversation with a pathway to explore their different interests, goals for the next semester, referrals to other offices that can assist them at UA, and yes, a list of courses for the next semester. Most importantly a student should leave their time with an academic advisor with the knowledge that they have one more individual as part of their support unit while they are at UA.
As a parent, it is important to encourage your student to meet with their advisor early, and often, in the semester to discuss their time at UA and beyond. However, it is just as important for you to be part of that conversation. Be sure to have frequent conversations with your student regarding their academics and interests. Ask your student how classes are going, how they feel about their academic major, and how those things fit into their personal and career goals. It’s a great way to show how invested you are not only in their academic progress, but a subject matter they are passionate about.
If your student, after checking DegreeWorks, is not sure who their academic advisor is you can refer them to the following offices for assistance:
Arts and Sciences: A&S Student Services, 200 Clark Hall, 205-348-5970, email@example.com
Capstone College of Nursing: Capstone College of Nursing Student Services, 1014 Nursing Building, 205-348-6639, firstname.lastname@example.org
Communications and Information Sciences: Tisch Undergraduate Services, Ste 190 Reese Phifer Hall, 205-348-8599, email@example.com
Culverhouse College of Commerce: Asa H. Bean Undergraduate Student Services Center, 10 Bidgood Hall, 205-348-4537, firstname.lastname@example.org
Education: 104 Carmichael Hall, 205-348-6073, email@example.com
Engineering: Engineering Student Services/Academic Advising Center, 290 Hardaway Hall, 205-348-0750, firstname.lastname@example.org
Human Environmental Sciences: HES Student Services, 101 Doster Hall, 205-348-6150, email@example.com
Social Work: 102 Little Hall, 205-348-7027, firstname.lastname@example.org
Heather Ammons, M.Ed
Culverhouse College of Commerce
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