You'll be getting quite a bit of advice from faculty and staff as you prepare for your second year at the AAP, but make time to meet with your advisor if you haven't already! First, don't wait until the last minute to make an appointment with your campus or faculty advisor — remember, he or she has many advisees to see. Once you make your appointment, keep these other helpful hints in mind to make the most out of your time together:
Be aware of the upcoming registration deadlines (free drop/add, eight-week deadlines, etc.). Check the University's Academic Calendar if you aren't sure.
Go to the appointment prepared. It may help to ask yourself why you scheduled the appointment, and if you've remembered to bring any necessary materials, as well as a list of questions. If you are meeting to discuss registration, have you reviewed the current registration information and outlined the courses you are considering?
Next, be sure to arrive on time! Double-check the location of your advisor's office. Keep his or her phone number or the Academic Center's office phone number handy, just in case you're running late and need to let someone know.
Since academic decisions are ultimately your responsibility, make sure you ask questions during advisement appointments. If you don't understand a requirement or are not clear on a UD policy or procedure, your advisor can assist you in finding out those answers.
Don't be afraid to bring up sensitive issues (e.g., failing a class, financial and/or personal problems). Tell your advisor about things that may be affecting your ability to do your best. There may be options to address these problems that you aren't aware of, and your advisor is best equipped to help you with them — or refer you to the person or University office that can.
Remember to thank your advisor for his or her time. This may seem obvious, but it is especially important if he or she has written a recommendation, contacted a department on your behalf, or suggested that study abroad opportunity you have been dreaming of!
Finally, make sure you follow up on any referrals that your advisor has given you (e.g., meeting with a writing specialist, receiving tutoring, study abroad, etc.).
Remember, this is your last academic year before your transition to the Newark campus, so you need to ensure that you are taking the courses that will allow you to graduate with your Associate in Arts degree at the end of next spring semester. If you arrive prepared for your advisement appointments, you can make the most out of this valuable time and stay on track!