Staff Ed: Advising is guidance, not a free handout


Every semester registering for classes feels more and more like a puzzle. Trying to determine what classes need to be taken and when they can be taken can be overwhelming. Luckily for students, Lewis offers many resources to assist in making sure our courses align with a designated graduation date. 

DegreeWorks is a program that allows students to have 24/7 access to their degree completion progress, view their completed courses and monitor required courses they still need to take. Each student is also assigned a faculty adviser who provides insight on when classes are offered or should be taken. 

However, an issue a number of students have been facing is being told they are not on track for their personal graduation goal. Students immediately want to blame the university or their advisers for not “informing” them sooner they wouldn’t be graduating. 

But really, the harsh truth to this is that, as young adults beginning to enter the workforce, we need to start holding ourselves accountable for our future. It’s time to start accepting the fact that we have to look out for our own future and recognize someone won’t always be there to hold our hands. By utilizing all of the resources Lewis provides us, we are fully capable of being able to determine what classes are needed, when they are needed and what times you need to take them. 

When it comes to advising meetings for the next semester, students should come prepared with an idea of what they want their schedule to look like. 

An adviser is someone who offers some advice or guidance; they are not designed to create an entire class schedule for you. They don’t know what commitments you have outside of class, so it is up to you to create the schedule that best fits with your needs. 

So now is the time to start taking initiative and start preparing in advanced to these advising meetings. 

After all, it is great practice for when you’re in your career to become self-motivated.