Students should use their academic advisors for a variety of reasons. This includes major exploration, preparation for enrollment, selection of classes, discussion of withdrawing from courses, and many other academic issues. In order to ensure that your advising appointment is as productive as possible, here are some steps to keep in mind.
Schedule an appointment
By scheduling an appointment, you can be guaranteed a time to talk with your advisor that is convenient for both of you. Consider scheduling your appointment early and avoid the week of enrollment to get the most out of your time.
Arrive on time (even early!)
Arriving on time makes your advisor happy, not to mention it allows you to get the most time out of your scheduled appointment with your advisor.
Review your degree audit
The degree audit is available through GUS and allows you to identify the courses you need to take to complete your degree. GUS allows you to view a "Modified Degree Audit" for any major. This can help Exploratory Studies students as they identify their options for majors they are considering. The degree audit is the single most powerful tool when it comes to planning for enrollment.
Take a look at the Spring 2014 Schedule of Classes
Think about the courses you'd like to take and how they may fit together to build a schedule. Although this may not be the final schedule you and your advisor put together, it can be a great starting place for an appointment.
Bring a list of questions
Think about the things you'd like to know when it comes to program requirements, or even the process of enrollment.
Be sure you take notes, and then create an advising file to put important documents. This would also be a great place to put your advisement number which you will need to actually enroll.
Follow-up as needed
If you have any questions about the process as you get started enrolling, let your advisor know. Advisors are here to help, so if you need help, be sure to ask!