You'll be meeting one-on-one with your assigned academic adviser this week or next week. They are looking forward to meeting you! Barnard first-year advisers have all volunteered to advise entering students. They don’t volunteer because they enjoy clicking “approve” on myBarnard – they do it because they want to talk with you, hear about your interests, and help you think through your decisions. It’s responsible and polite to come to your meeting prepared, but don’t feel you have to have everything figured out!
How to prepare for your first advising meeting:
Be prepared to introduce yourself – to talk a little about your interests and goals, or your (completely appropriate!) lack of certainty about these. You might address things like:
- Where are you from?
- What was your high school like?
- Did you take a year off?
- Are you thinking about study abroad?
- Are you preparing for a professional school of some kind?
- What are you excited about?
- What are you nervous about?
- What’s your favorite subject?
- Where might you need a little extra help or support?
Write down any questions you may have:
- about your fall academic program of courses
- about procedures
- about best course load for you
- about good introductory courses in fields that interest you
- about anything you should be sure to do now to be prepared for any long-term goals
Get to know your adviser a little too:
- What is their academic or professional field?
- How did they get interested in it?
- What kind of research do they do?
- Your adviser is there to help you think about and consider options. You are responsible for keeping track of deadlines, and following rules and procedures.
- Keep checking the FY Blog for important info, deadlines, procedures, etc.
Contacts if you have questions:
- Registrar – 107 Milbank, (212) 854-2011, email@example.com
- Dean of Studies Office – 105 Milbank, (212) 854-2024, http://barnard.edu/dos/about/meet
- Pre-Health advising
- Other preprofessional advising
- Class deans -- if something unsual happens, your adviser is away, you want another perspective, or you're not sure where to go with a question or concern
- Student Computing – (212) 854-7172, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Your Adviser!