ADVISING CORNER: Ins, outs of academic guidance

By Andrew Wilburn

Hello from the Advising Office! Your academic advisor is here to help you throughout your time here at LCCC. We are here to offer you holistic advising to help you be successful. This means that we recognize that your success in school is dependent on more than just your courses. Your advisors will assist you with all aspects of your student experience. They can connect you with various resources to help you when you need it, as well as discuss how the various elements of your life may be affecting your academic progress and your development as a student. This segment of Wingspan is dedicated to providing information that can help all students to connect with their advisor and to promote student success at LCCC.

You may already know this, but academic advisors can become quite busy. Each advisor is responsible for advising an average of 350 students each semester; some weeks an individual advisor will meet with nearly 70 students, especially during registration periods and the beginning of each semester. During these peak times it is common for an advisor to be booked anywhere from several days to one or two weeks in advance. This can be frustrating. The best way to avoid this situation is to meet early with your advisor so that you can get the information that you need. But even if you are a proactive students there are situations where you need to see an advisor for a short time, but there are no available appointments. Thankfully, there is a way around such a scenario.

Each advisor has regular drop-in hours each week. Drop-in hours are used to meet with students on a first-come-first-served basis so that an advisor can meet with students to resolve simple issues and questions. Drop-In hours are great for questions that cannot be resolved over the phone, but are simple enough that they take no more than 10 or 15 minutes to resolve. Good examples of such a question include adding or dropping a class, completing a graduation application, reviewing an academic plan, or obtaining signatures for paperwork. Drop-in hours are also great for those busy times of the semester when a formal 30-minute meeting is not available. Advisors like drop-in hours as it gives us a chance to further build a relationship with students and to help guide you towards success each semester.

However, there are limits to what can be accomplished during drop-in hours. Drop-in meetings are limited to 15 minutes. This is so an advisor can meet with as many students as possible, so this is not the time to come to the Advising Office to discuss changing your program of study or requesting a formal review of transferrable credits. A formal meeting gives you and your advisor plenty of time for a detailed discussion. Similarly, drop-in meetings are not a substitute for planning ahead. Part of your responsibility as a student is to manage your education to the best of your ability. A big part of our job as advisors is to help you to feel self-sufficient and reliant so that you feel capable of addressing and resolving smaller issues. Finally, drop-in hours are not a substitute for a formal intake meeting or a meeting involving academic status.

At this point you’re likely wondering, “When do these glorious drop-in hours occur?” Monday and Tuesday from 10:30 to 11:30 and Wednesday through Friday from 2:30 to 3:30. TRIO advisors have unique hours. Jen Mares’ drop-in times are Tuesday from 12:00 to 1:30, Wednesday from 3:30 to 5:00, and Friday from 8:00 to 9:30. Amanda Widup’s drop-in times are Monday and Thursday from 12:00 to 1:30. Drop-in hours are quite popular, so make sure you arrive early to guarantee that you’re able to see your advisor as drop-in meetings are first-come-first-served. It’s not uncommon for an advisor to meet with 3 to 5 students during drop-in hours.

Remember that all of the advisors here in the Advising Office are rooting for you and your success this semester. We are available to help you be successful each semester, and that drop-in hours are one resource you have at your disposal to promote your success each semester.  If the drop-in hours don’t work for your schedule then you can set appointments by calling the Advising Office at 307-778-1214.

Upcoming Deadlines:

8 February – Last day to drop B14 courses.

9 February – Graduation Applications are due.

19 February – Last day to withdraw from A8 courses.

20 Feb – Last day to drop B12 courses.

9 March – Last day of A8 courses.


Editor’s note: Advising Corner is a new guest column series from the LCCC Advising office.


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