What does an academic advisor do?
Academic advisors provide students with guidance and support in identifying their life/career goals. We assist not only with course selection, study skills and campus resources/policies, but also hope to serve as a sounding board, and cheerleader.
How do you see your role in helping students achieve success in college?
In my role, I encourage students to make and accomplish goals within and beyond their comfort zone, support them through the victories and learning experiences, provide them with information about opportunities, and push them to be self-advocates.
How do students work with each other?
Through clubs and organizations, our students work with one another to build a community. They work toward the common goal of building personal/professional skills to be competitive for professional school, give back to the community, and have fun.
What kinds of experiences do you offer for students outside the classroom?
We offer workshops, help students get started when finding shadowing opportunities, take a trip to University of Nebraska Medical Center every spring, provide mock interviews and regularly available meetings with professional school reps. A little something for everyone!
What academic resources do you recommend to students?
Academic resources I recommend most to students include going to Success Coaching with the Center for Academic Success and Transition (CAST). They have resources around tutoring, study skills, time management, note-taking, test prep and motivation!
How do you help prepare students for a career after college?
We help prepare students for professional school by assisting students in working on essays and finding experiences to make them competitive applicants. We encourage students to job shadow, do informational interviews and go to career advising.
What advice do you give to help students get the most out of their academic experience?
Never be afraid to reach out for help and connect with at least two faculty/staff people on campus. That support/relationship building is so important, especially when feeling lost or unmotivated, it's powerful to know you have someone on your side!