Illustration by David Busby
Although parents don't want to be too heavy-handed in assisting their college students, they still want their kids to start on the path toward a productive adulthood. Here are a few suggestions on how to help students get the most out of their academic and career advisers:
- Ask questions. Remind your child that it would be a good idea to see their adviser by asking if they have scheduled an appointment this semester, or if they have finalized their class schedule.
- Attend advising seminars at student orientation. Most student orientations provide seminars on advising for both students and parents — a good way to Familiarize yourself with the ways your child can switch advisers if necessary.
- Communicate with your child about his or her academic and professional goals. Knowing your child's plan will help keep them on track academically.