When your student heads off to college, you may worry that she will get lost in the crowd. It is true that, even in a small college, your student will most likely be on her own more than she was in high school. She will be making her own decisions (some good and possibly some not as good) and she will be responsible for her own academic path. But, no matter how large the institution, she won’t be without help. One major difference may be that she will need to seek that help, it won’t necessarily come looking for her. But the help will be there, and the wise student will take advantage of it.
One of the sources of help with academic decisions may be your student’s Academic Advisor. The structure of the Academic Advising program may vary dramatically from institution to institution (there are many different models), but the basic principle is the same. Each student is usually assigned a faculty or staff member who is there to give the student guidance in making academic decisions. The advisor may also help the student as he considers his personal, professional and educational goals.