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Planning for success at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Planning for success at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

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CDC Career Development Center staff student meetings

College is quickly approaching, and I know what you might be thinking ... “How am I supposed to be ready when:

• I don’t know my major.”

• I don’t know what classes to take.”

• I don’t know how to organize my schedule.”

Don’t worry. SIUE is here to help!

When you arrive at SIUE for new student orientation, you’ll meet with your academic advisor to schedule your classes. Trust me when I say your advisor is not only there to help make sure your schedule meets your academic goals. They’re also there to help if you haven’t figured out what direction you want to go.

Initially, I was considering pharmacy school. My advisor was the one who helped me get on track to where I was meant to be, and I’m excited to be graduating soon with a degree in mass communications.

I owe a lot to my adviser, and I have all kinds of tricks and tips when it comes to being prepared for your initial advising appointment.

• Be honest with your advisor. If something doesn’t feel right about your academic path, tell them. They’re there to help you.

• Be sure to schedule your classes with enough time to eat. Nothing is worse than being hangry in the middle of class!

• Some people love online and night classes, and some people hate them. It doesn’t hurt to try them at least once.

• Don’t be afraid to try fun electives! Not every class you take has to be related to your major.

And for my last bit of advice ... don’t be afraid to ask questions! SIUE wants you to succeed.

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