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College Orientation and Advising Advantage

Updated on January 6, 2012

Orientation and Advising Tips

If you've already decided on college and you aren't just out of high school, you probably won't have a counselor or advisor helping you with the process of attending college. Actually, you can get such help. Most colleges have an orientation and advising process that can assist you with the entire college registration/enrollment experience.

Our local college has a mandatory advising rule. This means that before you can enroll in classes you have to attend an orientation session (which is free) at the end of which you are given an appointment to meet with an advisor to discuss your educational plan. Take advantage of this opportunity. It gives you an idea of what to expect from a college class, and it can be a fun experience!

Once I completed the orientation class I received my appointment with an advisor. At this point I suggest you take the time to write a list of any questions or concerns you might have in regards to choosing classes, schedule conflicts, procedure questions, parking permits, ID cards, or anything that comes to mind in regards to attending college.

This may sound scary but it isn't really. By this time you pretty much know what courses you want to take. If not, you can pick up a course catalog for the quarter at your orientation class. Pick your classes and have an idea laid out about your educational goals, eg, your major (if you have one), what you want to learn, what classes you want to take, etc. You don't have to have a major selected if you're not sure yet. The advising session is just to make sure you know what you're doing and if your not sure they are there to help clear everything up and answer all your questions. Usually, by the time you walk out of the advising office you are ready to register for your classes.

I used a computer in the advising office and registered online. When I walked out the door I had my class schedule in hand. If you don't want to register online, you can go to the registration office and they will do it for you.

Once I had my schedule I went to the campus security office and had my picture taken and was issued a student ID card. This was when I really felt like it was all official! There was my picture with my name and the college logo and my ID number. A student at last!

It pays to have the advantage in all things. Taking the time to become familiar with all the aspects of college preparation can boost your confidence and empower you giving you the advantage. The college orientation and advising programs can do just that!
If you really want it, you can make it happen!

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