Black Vs. Orange: Are Advisors Helpful PROS
“What’s the big deal?” I can hear some of you saying, “Some people go their whole college careers without an advisor.” While this is true, some people also attend vast public universities, some people take courses where the professor cannot possibly remember their names and some people go through college without making valuable connections with professors who care. In short, sure, some people may go without an advisor for the whole time they spend at college — but that doesn’t mean it’s a good thing. Not utilizing this resource is especially tragic when students attend small private universities like University of the Pacific, which prides itself on lavishing individualized attention on its students.
The whole point of an academic advisor is to help your college career go a little smoother. You should be able to bounce class and career ideas off of your advisor, ask them about relevant coursework requirements and ensure you’re fulfilling all those nebulous graduation obligations. A good advisor-student relationship fosters a sense of support and care between the two parties, and face-to-face interactions go even further to ensure you get the answers you need to feel more connected with your education.
In fact, various studies including a 2010 study in the Journal of Developmental Education by Boylan and Fowler and a 2012 study in the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Journal by C.A. Gravel point to the fact that both university retention rates and student satisfaction — in both traditional and online environments — increase with participation in academic advising.
Utilizing the assistance of a faculty advisor is proven to be an effective academic strategy for students to receive some extra support and direction.
If you haven’t fully used yours yet, feel free to shoot them an email or give them a call — I’m sure they’d love to hear from you. For those of you who have gone this far without academic advisors, reach out to a professor you like in your major department. It’s not too late to get that extra push.
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