an advisor, you have experienced first hand how students develop,
both academically and personally, from freshman through senior
years. Since each student is unique, recognizing and responding
to their various needs can be challenging.
chart serves as a reminder of the many academic and personal issues
students face. Be proactive! Use your advisor role to assist students
during these various developmental stages.
and Personal Issues
period, fear of failing, increased vulnerability, independence/separation
issues, uncertain about requirements and/or if in right
accessible, a good listener, able to make referrals, knowledgeable
about major requirements/policies and procedures.
self awareness, still dealing with lack of self confidence
yet expect more of oneself, increased campus involvement.
accessible, reinforce student's ability to succeed academically,
encourage self exploration.
relaxed, searching for ways to enhance academic experience,
beginning to connect course work to the real world.
accessible, relationship becomes more mentor based rather
than information dissemination, discuss future plans, encourage
special opportunities (i.e.
study abroad, minors, service learning, undergraduate research,
reflective, worried about completing graduation requirements,
anxious about the future, questioning job search versus
accessible, mentor relationship critical, continue discussion
of future plans, meet with student to verify graduation date
and remaining coursework, write recommendations.