Here at Suffolk, we believe that academic advising is a partnership. But to make this partnership function as it should, your advisor needs to get to know you. By being proactive and scheduling regular advising appointments, you'll allow your advisor to do just that.
You still might be unsure about what advising actually is. But let's start with what advising isn't:
- Advising isn't course selection. While registration and course selection is something we'll help you with, it's only a tiny piece of the conversation.
- Advisors aren't guidance counselors. In high school, you probably had a guidance counselor. And maybe your guidance counselor made a schedule for you, or told you exactly what classes to take and when to take them. College is different. Here, you get to make those decisions. But you have an advisor teaching you how to make those choices.
- Advisors won't register you for classes. Nor should you want us to. You get to register online so you can build a schedule that works best for you.
- Advisors don't know the answer to every question. But we'll definitely help you find the right answer by directing you to the right person or office.
Now, here's what advising is:
- Advising is teaching. Advisors are here to educate you about Suffolk university, and about making the most of your college experience.
- Advising is a process. In order to give you good advice, we need to get to know you. And that means engaging in productive conversations and developing a rapport so that we can learn about you and you can trust our advice.
- Advising is planning. A big part of our job is helping you to create your best possibly pathway to graduation. And that means more than just course planning. It means figuring out how to choose a major, where to study abroad, or how to balance work, school, and life successfully.
- Advising is a partnership. We won't make decisions for you, but we will help you figure out how to make the decision yourself. We know you're faced with tons of choices every day. We'll help you create the path that's best for you.
- Advising is your responsibility, too. We can't force you to visit your advisor. And why would we want to? Instead, we want to educate you about why advising should be a key part of your academic experience.