- They can determine if you graduate on time or not.
Recently, I went to my academic advisor and found out that if I didn’t check in and realize I was avoiding Shakespeare, that I would not have been able to graduate on time. Thankfully, my academic advisor set me up with some alternative options, possible summer classes, and ways to make sure I got what I wanted in terms of graduating on time. They are most familiar with regulations, policies, procedures, and resources that you may not know about.
- They are there to help and support YOU.
They are quite possibly your best friend all of university. Their jobs are to advise you — yes, you. Their doors are open to any questions and concerns you have. They are quite possibly the least scary part of the university experience.
- They’ll honestly make your degree more meaningful.
Sometimes, academic advisors can look at your marks and see if you should do a minor, a double major, recommend an exchange over seas, and enhance your degree that much more. Just from a single visit!
- It takes very little time.
You can go see your academic advisor every month, or even just once a year. They are like undergradte course doctors… sometimes it’s a check up, and sometimes they give you crucial news. Regardless, no apples can keep the academic advisors away. You need them.
- They are pillars of knowledge.
Looking at an undergraduate calendar and seeing you need so many classes from all these random lists — List A, List B, etc — can be intimidating. They know what requirements you need. They can probably recite to you all of List A without even looking. Similar to how your profs know your specific course material, an academic advisor knows your specific course calendar. They are experts on plan A, but if you’re not into plan A, then they also are able to present a plan B or even C.
“We want to hear your story, in your own voice, we thrive on sharing information and stories as a way to learning outside the classroom… We believe in students to be the masters of their own success (both academically, in terms of decision making, and life) and our job is to assist in that process.”
: Alisa Cunnington, Humanities Academic Advisor
Here are all the academic advisors for all the different faculties —
They may have information that you may not even know you want/need.
- Social science
- Applied health sciences