Yesterday was the first day of school for the Class of 2015. I took a minute to jot down my impressions of my six freshman advisees and I guess advising in general. And yes, some of them are contradictory.
1. This is the first group I've ever had who weren't afraid to email a professor or go ask questions at the Advising Fair. What a huge advantage to already know they need help and can ask for it.
2. And yet, they are overwhelmed by the amount of new information they have to absorb. What is "R"? Answer: Thursday in the online schedule.
3. Like all my previous classes, they are already thinking about majors (double), minors (lots) and of course, jobs when they graduate.
4. I periodically read through the 2015 Facebook page. Where are my classes? How do I know what textbooks to buy? I forget that in high school, i.e. 2 months ago, all their classes were in one building. They were given their textbooks. They worry if they'll have enough time to eat lunch. Oh yeah, there was a lunch period in high school.
5. They're very excited to be choose classes that let them sleep in past 9 a.m.
I love their unedited enthusiasm. Advising definitely keeps me humble. Every semester I learn some huge thing that I should have known. I also have a view of the university I never had before. I'm certainly not the best advisor there is, but I also know I'm not the worst. As long as they'll have me, I'm going to keep doing it.