Advising 101: Prepare early for academic success
Before new students meet their roommates, buy their textbooks and attend their first classes, they’ve already started planning their academic careers.
Summerstart and Transitions sessions center around academic advising and course registration. Freshmen who didn’t attend Summerstart will attend an advising and registration session on Sept. 23, during Fall Orientation.
After students have received orientation advising, they should rely on advisors in the Academic Advising Center or Student Outreach Services for support. Advisors in these offices can explain university policies, help students with course selection and support students with academic difficulties.
Advising at Western is a shared responsibility so students are expected to take the initiative to get help when they need it. Tina Loudon, director of Academic and Career Development Services points out that students who utilize the advising services available get the most out of their education.
Staff from the Academic Advising Center are available to new freshmen before they pick their winter quarter classes. New students also can turn to the Advising Center to explore majors, learn more about their interests and strengths and track their progress to a degree.
The Advising Center is part of Academic and Career Development Services, a department which also includes the Career Services Center, so staff encourage students to explore their career options while they’re deciding on a major.
Learn more about Academic Advising at Western at www.wwu.edu/advising.