Hi and welcome to A Quirky Twist’s college advice for freshmen! Today’s post will be much shorter than other topics in this series, because there isn’t as much to cover. Today’s post will cover a topic that’s not usually on the minds of most incoming freshmen, which is advising and office hours. So I’m just going to move into my suggestions for approaching these two aspects of freshmen year.
- ADVISING HOURS
I strongly suggest you make an appointment somewhere around the time of fall break, especially since you will probably be required to make at least one during your first year. Advisors can help a lot by helping you figure out when a good time to take a certain class is, or even if you have to take a suggested class for your major. However, advising appointments are like most things in college and they work best if you put effort in to them and come in with specific questions. Basically advising appointments can be bad, but that’s generally if you expect them to do all the work for you. Another great way to use an advisor is by letting them help you plan your schedule each semester to make sure you stay on track to graduate on time.
2. OFFICE HOURS
Like advising appointments professor and TA’s office hours work best when you come in with very specific questions. Professors are generally very willing to help, and are excited to see people come to their office, since most don’t. Also eventually you will need recommendation letters for internships and jobs and your professors will more likely say yes if they’ve met you in person, and know you by name. If you’re ever unsatisfied with your grade talking to your professor or TA to see what they are looking for can help in the future, since they are the ones grading your papers. Professors are less scary to approach with questions when it’s just you and them in an office versus a one hundred plus person auditorium. Also I have found that this website is a great one to use when searching for classes, and picking the professor for your class.
Those are all of the tips I have for advising and office hours in college, I hope this helps ease some of the future class of 2020’s worries about college. If you know anyone who will be going to college in the fall, share this post with them. And if you want to hear more about my college advice check back next Tuesday. Thank you so much for stopping by feel free to leave a comment below!
PS In case you missed it you can find last week’s college advice post here!