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When College Advisors Don'tappear to have all the anwers...

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I am transferring from Community College and halfway through my
studies there I was assigned a temporary counselor. This left me choosing my own courses from a catalog, rather that asking for assistance. Now I find myself behind in credits due to taking classes that won't transfer. What is the best way to get a response from college advisors to stay on track and optimize my tuition towards credit classes that will help me work toward my degree?

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Sikawayi’s Answer

Hello Emily, this is a great question about your advisor, but I think you need to understand is that there only giving you feed back on the information that reflex in your grades and what you say you well. Sometimes we get so caught up in the things we want to do or what you think you were meant to do. For example, I always wanted to work with military people who are being discharged from the service. well, it turns out I scored highest in courses dealing with terminal illness and people dealing with death, this was an issue for me because I lost my mom a while back and I had such a hard time dealing with it. I would have never thought I would be able to talk to someone about death but not only was I able to talk about it, but I was a to help. Also look more closely at your professors' comments on your papers that should also give you some direction
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James’s Answer

The best way to optimize the “necessary coursework “ is to meet or contact an advisor in the area/Specialty within the University that you will be transferring to in order ensure which classes will transfer. Make sure you share a copy of your transcript with this advisor so they can advise you as to which classes you are lacking that you can take at your two year college. Remain in contact with this advisor up to the point that you actually transfer. Reaching out and building a rapport with the a University advisor is extremely necessary so that you remain “on-track”. Remember that these professionals are there for you so take advantage of this opportunity. Hope this Helps!

James recommends the following next steps:

Contact / email your Area of Specialty advisor at the four year University you will be transferring to.
Share you transcript and have the advisor “evaluate” it to ascertain which courses will transfer and which classes you can still take at your college
Remain in contact with the University advisor at all times. Don’t be shy to ask any questions you may have!
GOOD LUCK!
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Subbaiah’s Answer

Yes, college advisors don’t appear to have all the answers all the time, as they are not the subject experts. Their role is to explain the courses available, fees charged and which course can be opted by the student based on the students perspective but they will not be able to answer what the subjects deals with as they are not the people who will have in depth knowledge about the subjects in various courses.
In such case they can direct the students to meet the subject experts so that they will be able to help out the students in briefing about the subjects and clear their doubts with it.
Thank you comment icon In my experience the advisors who are assigned to specific majors have had all the answers and are very well versed on what classes are required and which classes will transfer. Unfortunately I was assigned a temporary advisor who couldn’t assist and I lost out on credits and tuition. Emily
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