Be Wise, Get Advised
If you haven’t noticed all of the little owls around Angelo State University staring at you while you eat lunch, walk to class, live life or converse with your friends, it might be time to look up.
Yes, you get to find out what is in store for your future. Are you excited or scared? You should get advised, and here’s why.
Before delving deeper into this discussion, the first thing you should do before going to get advised is plan ahead. Now, you may be thinking, “Isn’t that the point of getting advised?” That’s not what I’m talking about.
What I mean is your advising meeting is a chance to ask any questions about school, future classes you may take, or your career path. Also, in some cases, the specific instructions for enrolling in a class can be quite detailed. Your advisor is full of knowledge and happy to help you. By simply preparing a few questions for your advisor and bringing a pen and paper, you can be better prepared to make the most out of your meeting on your future.
Since we’ve consumed the “vegetables,” let’s get to the steak.
Advising is More Important Than You Think
Would you like to know if you’re on track to graduate on time? Sure you would. That’s why we have great faculty waiting to give you an overall look at when you’re expected to graduate and what you need to do to stay on track.
You could find a lot of this information yourself with rigorous web research, but most of the time what you find is not as accurate as talking to someone who has access to all the information you could need.
This need to find out when you will graduate usually comes with the desire to know your classification — freshman, sophomore, etc. Guess what? Your advisor will tell you that, too.
Advising also helps you prepare for the next semester. It’ll help determine what books you’re going to need, what class times are available to you, and what professors you’ll probably be taking next semester. Class times are especially vital if you’re involved in a student organization or have a job.
Get Advised Early
Stay ahead of the pack by getting your advising done as early as possible. Simply set up a meeting to be advised in the next available slot, as long as you’re not skipping class or something.
More and more students will try to sign up for advising the closer it gets to open registration. It will be much easier to get a spot today than it will be a week from now.
In a nutshell, the earlier you get advised, the better. There are people who stay up to wait for the exact minute registration opens to get the classes they want. They know what they’re doing. You should, too. Plus, if you get it all out of the way now, you won’t have to fret about it over winter break.
Consequences of NOT Getting Advised
During my freshman year, I waited until winter break was almost over to get advised. Trust me, it was a huge mistake.
I missed out on a class that was only offered in the spring, which meant I had to wait an entire year to take that one class. This happened because I waited until after registration was open and the class filled up before I even had a chance to look at it.
As a result of all that, I had to take a summer class to make up the lost time. If I hadn’t taken the summer course, I would have been pushed back an entire year because that class was a prerequisite for my upper-level courses.
If that isn’t enough to convince you to get on the ball, think about if you get stuck with 8 a.m. classes Monday through Friday. The horror.
Get the Job Done
Against all odds, I think you’ll be able to get advised without too much hassle. It’s not as hard or daunting as some make it out to be.
Remember, being advised is more important than you think. The earlier you get it done, the better. And if you’re not feeling very motivated, just remember what you could end up stuck with: 8 a.m. Monday through Friday for 16 weeks straight.
If you don’t know where to go or how to get advised, go to your departmental office or go to the advising home page and select your department. From there, you can find out who your advisor is and where his or her office is located.
May the advisors be ever in your favor.