TCU Daily Skiff Orientation Issue 2004
Frog Fountain
Being conscious of classes taken keeps you on track

By Mark Lettieri
Skiff Staff

With all the opportunities for wild, uninhibited debauchery that the modern collegiate experience provides for incoming freshmen, one of the last things on the mind may be classes.

Trouble is, studies are the sole reason why your parents are forking over loads of cash, so you can at least pretend to study. But seriously folks, if taken advantage of properly, the advising process at TCU can set you up with the right classes for your chosen major, and ultimately prepare you for an exciting job after college.

The advising process is managed by professors within each major. When a student enrolls, he or she will be assigned an adviser. Then, when a student declares a major, he or she will be assigned to an adviser within his or her major.

Steve Levering, a journalism professor, is one of those advisers.

“It’s like getting someone else to proof your paper before you turn it in,” Levering said about the advising process. “Sometimes they’ll catch something that you completely missed.”

Levering said it helps because students will know where they stand with classes they need and their expected date of graduation.

“I enjoy doing it, and it’s an excellent way for students to stay on track academically,” he said.

Don’t expect the faculty to hold your hand or do everything for you, though.

“When going to meet with an adviser, have a plan and ask lots of questions,” said Erica Edwards, a sophomore international communications major.

“You have to help them help you,” she said.

Before they’re even advised, new students should be aware of the University Curriculum Requirements. UCRs consist of many types of introductory-level courses selected from all types of majors, designed to give students a feel for what major they may wish to pursue.

“Fulfill as many UCR courses as early as possible,” said Vince Guerin, a recent TCU graduate who holds a degree in computer science. “Try out low-level courses from different majors of your interest until you find one that you love.

“There is no shame in entering TCU with a ‘premajor,’ or with no major decided yet,” he said.

Guerin said students need not fear changing their majors because advisers are there to keep students on the right track.

So, new students of TCU, there you have it: a few simple notes about the advising process. Remember, your professors are here because you’re here, but keep in mind that you must be prepared for an advising session in order to make your adviser work for you. In other words, make the appointment worth your while.

Then, once you call your parents to tell them about the brand-spankin’ new schedule, you can go indulge in all those other college activities.
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