Why Should I See an Advisor?

  • Reason #1 You want to graduate!
     
    Advisors can help you monitor your degree progress, create a graduation timeline, and double-check that you've met your academic requirements. Talk to your advisor about:
    • When you will graduate
    • How to make a 4 year graduation plan
    • What classes to take to get the education you need for your future
  • Reason #2 You want to save (and earn!) money
     
    Advisors can help you find and connect to financial aid, scholarship, student job, and internship resources so you can:
    • Understand how to choose and pay back loans
    • Find and apply for scholarships or grants
    • Find and apply for student jobs or paid internships 
  • Reason #3 You want to invest in your education
     
    Your education is a significant investment in yourself and your future – take advantage of the many (free!) academic support resources on campus. Your advisor can:
    • Refer and connect you to learning support resources
    • Talk to you about topics like goals, time management, or text anxiety.
    • Walk you through your options if you're struggling in a course.
  • Reason #4 You want to use your time wisely
     
    Advisors can help you connect to opportunities and think about how to make the best use of your time. Talk to your advisor about topics like:
    • How to balance extracurriculars, time commitements, and your academics
    • Strategically choosing courses for a timely graduation
    • Effective time management and overcoming habits that hinder your progress
  • Reason #5 You want to plan for life after graduation.
     
    Advisors can have big picture conversations about topics like:
    • Setting academic and career goals
    • Figuring out what skills you need to develop to attain your goals
    • Connecting your education to a career
  • Reason #6 You want to be career ready
     
    There are career advisors and career centers across campus that can help you explore or prepare for careers. They can help you with or direct you to resources for things like:
    • Feedback on resumes and cover letters
    • Creating an online portfolio or professional Linkedn
    • Mock interviews, career workshops, and exploring internships 
  • Reason #7 You want someone to listen
     
    Advisors want to listen, help you find a solution, and get you connected to professional resources if you’re struggling. Talk to an advisor if you’re:
    • Feeling overwhelmed, anxious, isolated, lost, or unsafe
    • Struggling with a health, mental health, family, or personal issues
    • Unsure of what to do or what your options are
  • Reason #8 You want to get connected
     
    UW-Madison’s campus is full of possibilities, but it can seem intimidating if you feel unconnected. Talk to your advisor about building a (real life!) social network:
    • What resources are available to help me get connected?
    • What can I do if I feel like I don’t fit in, or don’t belong?
    • How can networking help my career, and how do I do it? 
  • Reason #9 You want to find meaning in your education
     
    Advisors want to help you connect your education your time at UW. Talk to them about big picture questions like:
    • Why did I choose UW-Madison? Why did I choose to go to college?
    • What do I want to gain from these experiences?
    • How can I make the most out my Wisconsin Experience? 
  • Reason #10 You want to get the most out of your Wisconsin Experience
     
    Ask questions so your advisor can get you connected to involvement, leadership, research, public service, multicultural, study abroad, and extracurricular resources.
    • How can I complement my academic studies with hands on experience?
    • How can I develop my global and cultural competency?
    • How can I use my education to make a positive impact locally and globally?
Advisors are here to help you get the most out of your college experience.  Seeing only your assigned advisor to check your schedule before enrollment is just hitting the basics.
 
It’s like getting ready for a vacation by only making sure you bought your tickets. When you get to your destination, (aka life after graduation) you’ll realize you didn’t prepare. You didn’t book a hotel or exchange your money. You didn’t even pack a suitcase!
 
There is so much more to talk about and prepare for outside of your course  schedule. Here are just a few topics you can chat about with an advisor:
 
  • Setting your academic, career, and life goals
  • Getting involved with campus organizations
  • Finding an internship
  • Talking about your challenges and difficulties
  • Connecting with tutors
  • Picking a study abroad program
  • Connecting a major into a career
  • Checking into volunteering opportunities
  • Practicing for interviews
  • Talking about grad school
  • Proofreading resumes and cover letters
  • Detangling university policies and deadlines
  • Selecting the right courses