Taking responsibility: Plan to streamline student advising would allow students freedom (Editorial)

I’m probably not like a lot other students, in that I’ve been on this campus a long time. Because of various reasons, I’ve been in and out of college regularly since 2001. Throughout that time, I’ve dealt with the advisers on campus.

In the April 13 edition of The Northerner, I read how there is a plan to streamline the advising process on campus. This, I think, is a very good thing, depending on how it’s done. With as many students as we have on this campus, where do you put your focus?

One thing that has struck me since I’ve returned to campus is that it seems like just as much responsibility rests upon my shoulders as much as my adviser.

When I started, I can remember that many advisers would simply make recommendations, and at one point when I was undeclared, an adviser basically laid out my schedule. I looked at, agreed, signed up and I had my new course schedule. It was that simple. Now, it seems that my adviser is there to, well, just advise. My schedule is my own to make. I’m supposed to keep an eye on my own classes, and know what I need to take. And honestly, I’m happier for it.

If the college is going to revise their advising programs, I’d like to see more student involvement. Then, students will better learn responsibility.

One complaint I hear among friends on campus is that there is very little direction within programs as to what classes are offered, when and how often. It’s certainly something I’ve faced myself, but I think by involving students more in the process and making them more responsible for their own schedules, it’s going to allow students to better structure their schedule and plan for eventualities, such as a class not being offered during a semester.

Another complaint I’ve heard friends make is the amount of students versus the number of advisers. Now, I don’t know what the numbers are for each program, but if we’re going to revise and streamline advising, let’s get some more advisers.

I’ve tried to get appointments with my adviser, and I’ve waited a week. A lot can happen in that week. If I have questions that could affect which classes I choose, by the time I get in to see him, it may be too late.

Editorial by Sean Dressman