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Importance of Advisors and Taking Advantage of Campus Resources

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By Asia Daggs
Assistant Blog Content Contributor

With spring registration being right around the corner, it’s a good time to set up appointments with your academic advisors or coaches to have a game plan set for next semester. Registration can be a little hectic because you are fighting with tons of students for the same classes and times, so being prepared will make the process much smoother for you. If you are confused about what courses you should be taking for your major, the advisors will be able to clear that up for you quickly. Taking advantage of the resources Texas State offers us can be overlooked due to us being busy with classes and our jobs, but if you take the time, reaching out to them will be well worth your while!

Texas State offers academic advising for each major and its department. Your freshman year you will be assigned to PACE or University College until you have become a full major and can go to your specific department’s advisory.

A list of each department and their contact information. Photo by Asia Daggs.

I came to Texas State with no clue about what degree I wanted to pursue, and that indecision was making me a nervous wreck. Realizing there was a variety of help I could choose from was like having an epiphany. I walked into the PACE Center and found my guardian angel! I was scheduled to visit Mr. Jacorey Mosely, and he was able to assist and direct me in the right path; he was patient as I struggled to find the right questions to ask. What I learned that day was: to not hesitate to get help. My second year went a little smoother, since I went to my advisor ahead of time. I was finally a full major and I was able to schedule with College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication. The next obstacle I had to tackle was choosing my minor; I was also very doubtful on what minor would work best with my major. I got to see Mrs. Kimberly Adams and she aided me in narrowing down my interests into something valuable. Additionally, taking major specific classes and being in the environment of my major was just what I needed to feel more secure about my career goals!

One of the main reasons I try to push the importance of visiting advisors is because they will help you feel grounded. Whether you are not sure about a career choice or know your career but aren’t sure about which classes to choose from, they can minimize your stress. Before I started utilizing Texas State’s advising resources, I was going through college like a chicken with its head cut off. After I leave my appointments, I feel more secure about the path I’m on. I gain confidence in knowing that I have taken care of business. On top of the advisors being able to help with your career plan, they can keep your class schedule on track with your degree audit. It is no fun to lose time and money on a course you did not need, so please make sure your class selection is in line with your major’s requirements. I hope this blog has successfully persuaded you on how important it is to take advantage of the resources that Texas State offers for its students. You can set up an appointment via phone or on the correct webpage for your major’s department and finally get your peace of mind.

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