Academic advisors are dedicated to monitoring your academic progress and helping you adjust to university life; however, there is only so much they can do. Ultimately, planning and fulfilling your education is your responsibility. Your advisor is available to help you meet this responsibility, but you must make the effort to understand requirements for your degree and the core curriculum. It is also your responsibility to use electives wisely, develop career opportunities and seek assistance when you need it.
Setting up an appointment
Students can schedule an appointment with their advisor by calling 985.448.4117.
Some good reasons to schedule an advising appointment include:
- When you have questions about your academic performance/progress – If you are struggling to keep up with your coursework, having trouble with a particular subject or worried that you aren’t satisfying requirements for graduation, visit your advisor. He or she can help you identify issues that may be holding you back or suggest campus resources to help you get back on track.
- When you are thinking about changing your major – Changing your major is a big decision, and you should consult your advisor to make sure you’ve considered all of the issues involved, including how a change might push back your graduation date, affect your financial aid and change your career prospects. Your advisor can help you get an inside view on the major you are considering by putting you in contact with professors and students in that department.
- When you want to drop or add a course – It’s important to consult with your advisor before making changes to the schedule you set during your registration advisement. Your advisor will make sure you are not overlooking any details that may negatively affect your long-range plans and ensure that you are taking the proper number of hours to maintain your financial aid and stay on track for graduation.
- When you are exploring career possibilities – Your advisor can explain the traditional courses of study that lead to various professions and suggest other, less typical routes you may wish to explore as well. Each person’s career path is different, and your advisor has helped many students find the best possible route. He or she can share examples of opportunities other students have pursued and suggest resources on and off campus to help you make informed decisions.
- When you have questions about Nicholls policies and procedures – A university the size of Nicholls naturally has many policies and procedures. Your advisor can help you find answers to any questions you may have about university policies and procedures from registration and billing to judicial matters and housing.
- If you have other questions, comments or concerns – The important thing to remember is that your advisor is on your side. He or she wants to see you succeed in your academic and life endeavors. If anything at all is threatening that success whether it’s a personal issue, academic problem or anything else don’t hesitate to seek help from your advisor. If your advisor cannot help you, he or she will find someone who can.