Working with your adviser has many rewards


Alexandria Miller has learned an important lesson early in her UA career. The earlier you enroll for the next semester, the better your chances of getting the classes you want. And, you just might win a fun reward.

Jean Cowser, an academic adviser, presents Alexandria Miller with the iPad she won.

Miller, who plans to become an intervention specialist, is the proud owner of a new iPad Mini. She won it as a prize in the drawing sponsored by the Center for Academic Advising and Student Success as an incentive for early enrollment. As an additional incentive, the advising center is now offering the opportunity to win a $50 Zip Card giveaway for completion of spring class enrollment.

The contests are part of a new approach launched by the Center for Academic Advising and Student Success last year to emphasize the importance of the adviser/student relationship. They hope to remind students to see their adviser at specific times during the semester, and not to delay enrolling for the next one.

"We started the concept of out-of-the-box advising last year as a way to meet students where they are," says Scott Roberts, an academic adviser. "We set up tables in various spots across campus in an effort to become more visible."

The advisers have been stationed at the College of Business Administration, Student Recreation and Wellness Center and Student Union, and are now branching into the residence halls. In addition, students will see them in the Student Union the week before final exams to encourage enrollment and promote study skills.

Miller, who is from Canton, has her own advice for future incoming freshmen:

  • Be positive and don’t be afraid to ask for help.
  • Using note cards is a great way to study and to quiz yourself.
  • There is a lot more work required in college than in high school, but the effort is worth it.
  • Working with your academic adviser is important because they can answer questions, help you schedule, and save you both time and money.