Advisors are your friends!

Today I had my mandatory Liberal Arts freshman advisement meeting. My advisor and less than ten freshman including myself talked for around 45 minutes about various things, like how classes have been going, studying abroad, learning communities, and registering for spring classes. It was actually pretty useful information and cleared up some things I had been unsure about.

My advisor was really helpful and seemed to actually care about getting to know each of us personally. I think this will help when we go to schedule classes and get ready to look into landing jobs and internships. While I know these mandatory meetings can seem a little annoying now, they’re actually not bad and they really do help.

I do, however, have mixed emotions about getting ready to schedule for spring. On one hand, it’s kind of exciting to be able to sit with my advisor and actually choose what classes I take and when I take them. While we did get to fill out interest surveys before our schedules were chosen for the current semester, we had no say in what times we were given. I’m looking forward to creating a schedule that will be challenging and get some tough classes out of the way.

On the other hand, though, it feels a little crazy to be getting ready to make a new schedule. I feel like the fall semester has just begun, and to be honest, I don’t want it to end yet. I’m just now feeling totally comfortable with my schedule! Although we’re really getting into midterms and writing papers more often, I don’t want my college experience to fly by too quickly. It just makes me realize how limited my time at Duquesne will be, and I know I have to take advantage of every minute.

So if you haven’t already done so, sign up for one of the sessions to meet with your advisor! It won’t take up too much of your time, and it will allow you to schedule sooner so you can get the classes you want.

-Erica

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