Academic Advising

While I carry many different responsibilities as an Academic Advisor: technology projects, teaching in-service coursework, writing, committee work, etc., my favorite part of my job is the part described by my title. I enjoy advising students.

Much of my time spent with students is focused on helping them to choose courses that fulfill their graduation requirements.  Sounds simple? Yes, but only sometimes. Sometimes a student will need to talk through various alternatives—for example, choices of majors and/or minors, full-time or part-time attendance, and/or whether internships enhance one's chances of getting a (better) job after graduation. Questions can range from mostly academic (for example, "How should I be preparing for graduate school?") to mostly non-academic (for example, "Where can I get help with this personal problem that's keeping me from doing well in my studies?")

Fortunately, I don't have to have all the answers because faculty and program advisors, as well as coworkers from a long list of other offices, all stand ready to assist as needed. The challenge for students lies in finding the right office at the right time for help with any given problem.  Remembering my own frustrations as an undergraduate faced with a 37-acre campus with fifteen different buildings to investigate, I take particular satisfaction in helping students find the help they need at the time they need it.

Comments for Academic Advising

Name: marlene
Time: Friday, May 17, 2013

Denise, thank you for all of your hard work and interest in helping students. You always had words of encouragement for me and I am very grateful to you! You are one of Lehman College's assets!!

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