The objective of the pre-major advising program is to help first-year students and sophomores think seriously about their educational objectives in the context of the liberal arts education offered at Wesleyan. Together with your faculty advisor, you should develop a challenging and coherent educational plan for the first two years, one that achieves curricular breadth while preparing for the depth that the major will bring in the last two years.
Here are some things to think about as you plan for your first meeting with your faculty advisor:
- Breaking the ice. A good way to introduce yourself to your advisor is to tell them about your high school experience. A good way to get to know your advisor is to ask them how they became a college professor.
- Know the curriculum. Familiarize yourself with WesMaps and with the websites of departments in which you plan to pursue coursework. What was the logic behind your course pre-registration strategy? Be receptive to questions and suggestions.
- Have goals in mind. What are your academic strengths? What are your academic weaknesses and how do you plan to address them? How do you plan to pursue breadth? How do you plan to pursue depth? Share concerns that may affect your success in the upcoming semester. Be sure to make arrangements to schedule your next meeting.
For more information, please see the Faculty and Student Advising Handbook.