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(College Student) Are you supported by an academic advisor? In what ways has that been helpful to you and how has your experience could have been made better?

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M’s Answer

Hi E G. Great question! Personally I did not use an academic advisor, but this was because I did most quite a bit of research on my own. However, I would recommend using an academic advisor as a resource to help you plan out your classes and remaining years, but I also think that it is important to look into your options on your own and to do your research. It would also be a great idea to go into your academic advisor meetings prepared as this will help guide any conversations or questions you may have.
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Justice’s Answer

Your academic advisor can be incredibly helpful and I always recommend looking into information yourself, just in case! It's important that you have an understanding of what your degree requires, classes you have taken, you are wanting to take and just being informed about your path as well! Your advisor is there to support you but you do not want to rely on them to make all of your academic planning and decisions for you!
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Ivana’s Answer

Hi there!
Unfortunately my Academic Advisors were not very helpful, but that was just my experience. However, I would still encourage you to reach out to them. I would recommend doing your own research, and coming to meetings prepared. They are there to guide you but can’t (and shouldn’t) make decisions for you! I would also add that one of the best resources I had in college were my professors. They know the field, and are often happy to see people who are interested in their field during office hours. They can tell you what kind of experience or skills are more valued and provide resources on how to get them.
I hope this helps!
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Safwan’s Answer

The academic advisor at my university was really helpful in choosing classes. She understood the career path I was looking for and recommended classes and credits I needed. It definitely took away my stresses about class choosing. She was also really motivating when I asked about doing extracurriculars as well.
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Ashley’s Answer

I highly recommend an academic advisor! I met with one and he helped me avoid classes I didn't need, advised when to take which classes based on who gets priority and even recommended specific teachers. I tried more than one advisor as well to get their different perspectives.
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Billi’s Answer

My academic advisor in college was beneficial when it came to setting up a plan each semester to graduate on time or early. She made sure I was on track and checked to see which classes I still needed to take to graduate. However, I found that using my network outside my advisor (friends, peers in my business fraternity and peers in my classes) were also helpful when deciding on which professors to take my courses with and which electives were best. I would listen closely to your advisor and take her advice for the structuring of your schedule but also look to your network (especially anyone a bit older than you) for guidance.
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Aniya’s Answer

My academic advisor was the person who helped me with everything related to my academics. Even though I didn't ask for too much help, she was able to help me find the courses that I wanted to take and the ones I was required to take while I was transitioning my majors. Academic advisors, especially in colleges, really help! If you find the academic advisors in your college to be poor, you can always ask outside help, or even your parents!
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