Undergraduate Academic Affairs
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Preparing for Your Advising Appointment

Preparing for Your Advising Appointment

To make the most out of your advising session with your advisor, it helps to prepare as much as possible.  Coming in with a list of classes already picked out to have your advisor approve will save valuable time which can be used on more in-depth academic and career planning.

Advisors are wonderful resources for learning about how to prepare for a career in your field.  They will know about research and internship opportunities as well as which professors are looking for help on projects!  They will also have some insight into what will set you up for success in the job market. It is also a good idea to meet with a Career Services advisor throughout your time at Mason for career advice.

Top 10 Questions to Ask Your Advisor:

  1. How can I get involved in research in my field?
  2. What else can I do to improve my skills and become more involved in the major?
  3. Are there any internship opportunities available?
  4. What types of scholarships are offered for students in my major?
  5. I’m having trouble with __________.  Are there any resources on campus or in the community that can help me with this?
  6. What are the professional organizations associated with my field and what are the positives and negatives of each?  Is the department attending any professional conferences this semester?
  7. Are there any student groups focused around my field that I can join?
  8. What types of general education courses pair well with this field?
  9. Are there any minors that help students stand apart when applying for jobs in the field?
  10. Can I take any courses abroad that will apply to my major plan?  Are there any study abroad programs associated with this major?
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