Common Questions Advisors Should Ask
- Are you expecting to receive AP credit, CLEP, or transfer credits? (ask this question during the student’s first advising session).
- What do you anticipate as your co-curricular activities?
- Do you play a sport?
- Will you be involved in one of the bands or ensembles?
- Will you be working either on campus, with the work-study program, or off campus?
- What are your career goals? (Remind students that there are often many majors which could initiate their career paths.)
- Do you have any scholarships from MHC or outside sources?
- Do you have GPA or credit hour per semester requirements?
- Does the scholarship require community service hours?
- Are you anticipating any other time constraints that may affect academics?
- Where are your strengths and weaknesses? i.e., what classes did you enjoy (and hate!) in H.S.? In which classes did you excel? Which ones were difficult for you? (Try to set students up for success rather than failure. If students indicate interest in a major in which they have a clear weakness, gently remind them of the requirements of the major.)
- Will you be taking summer classes before arriving here in August?
- What are your parents’/guardians’ expectations of you?
- Where are you from? Do you expect to go home often?
- What goals have you set for yourself in the coming semester/year etc.?
- What do you think you might major in? Have you thought about your concentration?
- Have you thought about a potential minor or double major?
- Speak positively about the LAA program as a way of embracing the Liberal Arts experience that is the hallmark of a MHC graduate. Take the opportunity to think about why liberal arts education is relevant and enriching. Further, consider the LAA curriculum as an opportunity for exploring potential majors.
- Speak positively about co-workers and other professors.