By Abby Wargo
Elm Staff Writer
This semester’s advising day is on Nov. 9. Students will have no classes that day in order to give freshman the chance to meet with academic advisors and discuss scheduling and other plans for the future.
Academic advisors are great assets because they are acquainted with their advisees as people and have their best interests at heart, which is a great benefit to attending a small school.
Students register for classes over a four-week span, beginning with the seniors on Oct. 21, and ending with the freshmen on Nov. 11. Advisors try to work with students so that they can get into both required classes and classes that are in their desired field of study.
Dr. Elizabeth O’Connor, English professor and advisor for both first-years and upper level majors, said that advising day is, “a daunting task, but it doesn’t need to be. If you plan accordingly and pick backup classes, it is a less scary experience than it might seem.”
Dr. O’Connor said that she likes talking to students and figuring out what their hidden interests are.
“My favorite thing [about advising] is when a distribution class ignites a passion in a student and it becomes a major or minor for them,” she said.
Careful planning is necessary if a student wants to have a good schedule for next semester. Because of the staggered scheduling times and ranking based on credits, underclassmen do not have priority.
It is helpful to have several backup classes available in the event classes fill up. Advising Day is a great resource to have, so use it wisely.
There is an event planned for the day. “Make Your Own Succulent” will be held in the Egg from 1-3 p.m.. It is sponsored by the Student Events Board and will be open for all students to attend.