I absolutely love life here at Illinois and college in general. It is truly the first time you feel independent and on your own along with thousands of other students your age. We’re truly all in this together.
But of course, we all need a little help along the way through our educational career and journey. Thankfully, Illinois has the best group of academic advisors in the world. Every student when they come to Illinois will be assigned an academic adviser that they can use for whatever they need concerning their academic journey. They can suggest what classes to take, help out with any issues one would have, and be a friend!
Most advisors have walk-in appointments available and have their own office hours, just like a faculty person would, such as a professor or a teacher assistant. I highly suggest you see your academic advisor as much as you can during your time at Illinois.
A huge goal and purpose of academic advisors is to keep you on track and make sure you graduate on time! Besides your family and friends, they are the biggest cheerleaders you will have here at Illinois.
If you’re a College of Media student like myself (Advertising, Journalism, Media & Cinema Studies, Agricultural Communications), you will have mandatory advising with your academic advisor once a semester. The best part about this is that you know you will always be on track to graduate on time because your advisor will talk about your academic progress every time you come into the office.
I just recently met with my advisor, and he was extremely helpful in planning the rest of my semesters here until I graduate in May 2018!
So future Illini, know that academic advisors are your biggest supporters, fans, and cheerleaders! We all want you to succeed here at Illinois.