As a first-year student, you will work with an academic advisor who will help you set goals, clarify academic requirements and regulations, and generally work with you to make the transition from high school to college as smooth as possible. A good advisor/advisee relationship is collaborative and built upon mutual trust and respect.
As a student, you are responsible for making decisions to shape your education in ways that are consistent with your goals and values. These choices may involve everything from deciding which courses to take to negotiating study hours with a roommate.
One of the roles of the academic advisor is to help you choose courses that meet both the requirements of your major and the general education program which will ultimately result in receiving an academic degree from Lebanon Valley College. Consequently, you should contact your academic advisor each semester prior to registration to discuss and select courses for the next semester. Additionally, your advisor's signature is required whenever you drop or add a course, switch to a pass/fail option, request permission to retake a course, and complete materials relevant to graduation. However, remember that your academic advisor can do much more for you than just sign official slips. He or she can also be an invaluable guide to your academic and personal growth.
If you have a problem that is keeping you from doing well, a discussion with your academic advisor may provide referrals to support services of which you may be unaware. Academic support services, counseling services, or career counseling may be just what you need. Additionally, using your advisor as a sounding board or for feedback may be useful. However, your advisor cannot help you unless they know that you need help. Remember, it is also important for you to seek out your advisor or respond to your academic advisor's request for an appointment.
The advisor/advisee relationship involves joint responsibility. Remember, the development of a good working advisor/advisee relationship between you and your academic advisor is facilitated by regular contact. Your advisor is only an e-mail, a phone call, or a knock on the office door away! If you have any questions regarding advising, please contact Beth Julian, Assistant Dean of Student Success and Retention, at firstname.lastname@example.org.