How An Advisor Can Help!
In an interview with Joanne Melody, one of the advisors in the School of Continuing Education, I asked how the advisors assist part-time students and full-time BGS students in achieving their educational goals.
Joanne: I help them become aware of their short and long-term goals. From there we work backwards, scaling down and synthesizing a path they can follow. We discuss all the varied possibilities of earning college credit including non-traditional ways, such as: CLEP, DSST, and Credit for Life Long Learning.
Susan: What about applications?
Joanne: I assist with part-time and readmit applications along with helping students understand the timetables required for financial aid applications. Other alternative pay options such as TuitionPay and available scholarships are also discussed. My hope is that I can be that one-stop shopping experience that each student is looking for and deserves. A preliminary course analysis form is created that helps the student see their dream made into an actual path of study.
Susan: What happens once a person becomes a student at Eastern? How can you help then?
Joanne: There are lots of ways to help. I assist with registration, course selection, making sure students are aware of upper-level requirements for their degree or graduation. I also process degree applications for those students that are preparing to graduate, suggest possible substitutions for courses, and process all necessary paperwork to streamline the student's experience.
Susan: What do you think is the most important service an advisor provides?
Joanne: In general, I'm a friendly ear to listen and help support them in their education pursuits. Listening is key. I synthesize the information they share with me and give them back possible plans for making their dream happen. Their military experience may have earned them credits. They may have college credits from years back. They may have worked at a job for several years and that might become credit through the Credit for Lifelong Learning program.
Susan: Why is it important to meet with an advisor?
Joanne: Meeting with an advisor is critical to the success of each student. We are here to assist with their every step. Whether it is hearing of scholarships, about new degree programs and courses first, we have a keen understanding of how best to navigate each student to achieve their educational goals. Visiting with an advisor makes the most of your educational choices.
Susan: Thank you, Joanne. To everyone out there, get the most out of your education. Visit an advisor. To get an advisement appointment, call (860) 465-0206. Advisement appointments are also available by phone.
Susan Crowley, Webmaster