Academic advising is a source where you obtain the critical information you need to make thoughtful decisions about your college career. This can include information about your program of study, career goals, elective courses, graduation requirements, etc. Students too often rely on what they hear from other students to make academic decisions. Sometimes this information is based on rumor or the misinterpretation of University policies. Maximize your potential for receiving the right information the first time; visit with an academic advisor.

ADVISING TIPS

See an academic advisor periodically to ask questions, discuss your progress, and keep informed about registration procedures.

The Advising Center assists a large volume of students, so, to ensure that you receive the highest quality service, it is recommended that you schedule an appointment. Schedule an appointment today by calling 575-624-7163, or stopping by our office located on Suite 101 of the Student Services building.

We want your advising appointment to be both informative and beneficial. In order to achieve this, we need your input. During your appointment, please feel free to ask any questions you may have. Also, please don’t hesitate to disclose any issues or concerns you may have. Remember, all information is kept confidential. We are student advocates and we’re here to help you be successful! As you come in to see us, some things to remember are: be open and honest with us, bring any pertinent documents with you to your appointment, and come early during the registration period to get the best class selection.

CHOICES

Throughout your life, you will make many choices. In college, the Advising Center is here to provide you with all of the information and tools you need to make the right choices for you!

RESPONSIBILITY

Often times, there are procedures in place to identify at-risk students, but, ultimately you are the only one that knows if and when you need help. If you need help, let someone know; a staff member, an advisor, an instructor, etc. They will refer you to the best available resource based on what help you need.

SUGGESTIONS

These are some tidbits of information you can follow while here at ENMU-Roswell. This information was derived from individuals who were successful and we believe they can help you be successful as well.

GO TO CLASS (EVEN IF YOU ARE GOING TO BE LATE). You might hear that in college, “a person can go to class any time he or she wants.” NOT TRUE! Yes, some classes will be boring, but not everything in life is interesting and collegiate studies are not a matter of you being entertained. So learn to handle the “grunt work” and demonstrate a pattern of good work habits that can only enhance your achievement. Also, go to class prepared. Complete all reading and/or other required assignments before going to class. It’s your time and money; get the most out of your educational experience.

READ THE CLASS SYLLABUS. Every class has a syllabus. Once you get your copy, READ IT. It should outline the professor’s expectations for the class, what will be required for success and how students will be evaluated/graded. In many instances it specifies the dates certain projects or papers are due, when exams will be given and expected classroom performances. If you wait and read it “at a convenient time,” you may find yourself playing academic catch-up, a no-win situation.

UNDERSTAND THAT THE UNIVERSITY HAS RULES. Even if there are more than can be memorized (and there are), always have a copy of them handy. The student handbook and the campus catalog are good sources of campus policy. Ignorance of what is required is no excuse for failing to perform. Do not become one who frequently states, “But no one told me…”

BUDGET TIME. This includes having a social life, but you must learn to plan your study time and schedule properly. This means that you may have to follow a schedule that is workable, not convenient (e.g. you may have to attend an 8:30 a.m. class). Do not start studying for an all-important quiz the night before it is given, or initiate writing a report the day before it is due. To utter the statement, “I work best under pressure…” is an excuse made by those who have no choice.

UNDERSTAND THAT BEING A STUDENT IS A FULL-TIME JOB. You cannot work hard one day a week and hope your grades will be above average. Collegiate studies are a full-time job.

MAKE YOUR OWN DECISIONS. Seeking advice is always wise. Trying to play it safe and avoid making choices can lead to serious personal dissatisfaction and likely failure. You must learn to take a chance (not a needless risk) when options become available and accept responsibility for your decisions. If you can do that, you are displaying the attributes of responsible adulthood.

REMEMBER, YOU ARE IN SCHOOL FOR YOUR EDUCATION, NOT FOR SOMEONE ELSE’S. If you entered college just to please someone else, or anyone else, you will end up pleasing no one, least of all yourself. While parents, guardians and friends should be concerned about your academic welfare, it is your education, your degree and your life. LEAD IT! You can then take pride in thinking for yourself and, at the same time, educate others as to your competence. But if you let others decide just what you are going to study and just what you are going to be, you have forgone all responsibility to yourself. Yes, making decisions and worrying about the possible consequences is hard, BUT YOU CAN DO IT.

KNOW YOUR ACADEMIC SITUATION PRIOR TO THE WITHDRAWAL FROM CLASS DEADLINE. If you have a question about how you are doing in class, take your concerns as an opportunity to go visit the professor and discuss your situation. If your fears are justified and a worst-case scenario is developing, find out how to alter and improve your study habits. To wait until after mid-terms or waiting until the last week to “see how things are going” will lead to playing academic catch-up, a no-win situation. Keep yourself informed.

ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOURSELF AND YOUR BEHAVIOR. If what you say and do is prompted by others, or if nothing is ever your fault because others allegedly “pushed” you, you really cannot claim to be an adult. If you are not doing well academically, get help. There is no shame in getting help and very few get through college without some form of assistance. So what if it takes a little longer to learn the material or even to graduate? If you are having academic problems and can only offer excuses or blame others for your failure to perform, you are simply seeking a “cop-out”.

SAVE ALL ITEMS OR DOCUMENTS THAT HAVE SOMETHING TO DO WITH YOUR PROGRAM OF STUDIES. When you officially drop a class, save your copy of the drop slip. If you make one or more significant programmatic changes which involve paperwork, save the student copy. If there are no copies because you transacted such business on the web, check, recheck and then check again your procedures and, if possible, make a print copy of the transaction. You cannot “claim” you have officially dropped a course in which you received a failing grade and then have no proof to offer. While university offices can make mistakes, they are more than helpful if you or any student can offer evidence that they really did follow the correct procedures.

A DEGREE IS NOT AN ENTITLEMENT, IT MUST BE EARNED. This should be obvious. Yet advisors are often bombarded with requests for exceptions to university rules, complaints about how unfair class standards are or that the poor grades “awarded” in certain classes are not a true measure of a student’s competencies. I am certain many advisors have heard, “I have a right to a degree.” No, you or any student has a right to EARN a degree. If you accept and understand that premise, you will likely be successful in attaining your goal.

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