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Advising Week

So, advising week starts Monday (help me… please…). I couldn’t be happier though because that means I’m one semester away from being a senior!!!! I didn’t get to this spot overnight though, I’ve had many late nights and study parties that I don’t wanna relive. Anywho, when I’m studying, I found that I do my best work in the heat of the night (and yes, I mean all-nighters) Now before you guys judge me, I realize that this isn’t the best practice, but it works for me. All I do is put on my comfortable pajamas, tie up my hair, and get to work. Another thing that helps is that I take rest breaks that last 30 minutes to an hour, and during that time I sleep. I like to play music to keep me focused while I’m working, so that way, I can get my daily jam session in while being productive. While I’m on campus, I study in DSAC because it’s comfy and I can get a good meal.

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Sara

Get ready for advising week!

by Sara on October 27, 2014

in Academics

Advising week is getting closer and I think it is important to prepare yourself for it!

Here is my checklist of things you should do:

1. Know your advisor’s name and make sure you set up an appointment with them.

2. Know your major requirements:

For Undergraduates visit* http://www.fontbonne.edu/academics/undergraduate/

For Graduates visit*  http://www.fontbonne.edu/academics/graduate/

Click on your major and then click on course requirements, print them and highlight the ones you have already taken; then take a look at what is missing.

Still undecided? No worries! Just browse through the majors and read the descriptions, maybe there are some that spark your interest and others that you definitely would never pursue, have fun!

*Considering a minor? A certificate? Visit the links and scroll down, click on the program that interests you and read to find out if you want to pursue it!

3. Look at the course schedule and find the courses you want to take next semester, make a tentative schedule taking into consideration if you are working, commuting or if you don’t want to take 8am classes! (No one ever does!)

Find the course schedule here:

http://www.fontbonne.edu/upload/Spring%202015%20Course%20Schedule%2010-13-2014%20to%20publish-2.pdf

4. Write down any questions you have for your advisor! Maybe you want to change your major, or you want more information about adding a minor. Any question you have is valid, so write it down and take it to your appointment.

Questions about the Office of Academic Advising?

Visit:         http://www.fontbonne.edu/academics/academicresources/advising/

Call:          (314) 719-3654

Email:       Academicadvising@fontbonne.edu

Come in:  The office is located in Ryan Hall room 107

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It’s that time of year again…. Advising Week! Everyone has to meet with their advisor to plan out what they want to take next semester and get approval to register for classes. Although it hasn’t always been easy to fit together the classes I want to take into my schedule, I do enjoy Advising Week. It probably helps that I’ve got such a great advisor! She is always there to give advice and help me decide which classes are right for me. Since I knew from the beginning what my major would be (dietetics!), I’ve always had a rough “Four Year Plan” of what courses I should take when. The only hard part is making them all fit together! But she’s been great about making everything work.

So here’s my advice about Advising Week: If at all possible, come in with a plan of what you want to take. It really does make the appointment go a lot smoother! I know that not everyone has settled on a major or decided what they want to do with their life, though, and that’s okay, too. The whole point of Advising Week is to give you scheduled time to help you figure it out. And if you have a great advisor like I do, you’ll be just fine!

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Switching my major isn’t a completely new idea for me. I know I love math and I know I really want to teach. I really like high school level, and was certain that was what I wanted to do. To become a high school math teacher, I am a Math major, so I take a lot of extensive math courses. I have been finding keeping up with the classes is more difficult than I had expected it to be.

I never wanted to be the girl who switched her major, not that there is anything wrong with that, I just wanted to be certain about my future, and not risk going more than four or five years. Knowing this I have been putting a LOT of thought into what I really want to do.

My observation class is in a 7th grade math class. I love it so much more than I ever thought I would! It opened up the idea of switching levels of being a math teacher. I have been talking to my family, friends, but most importantly my adviser, and my Calculus teacher who has had me for three courses so far. Everyone has been a big help, but especially my adviser and math teacher. They both know me well, and know how well I have been doing in my math courses, as well as how much I have struggled. They have been giving me great advice and supporting me with which ever I choose.

I do believe I have come to the conclusion that I am going to switch my major to middle school education. This means I will not be majoring in math, but instead in education and minoring in math. I think it is the best course of action for me.

Your adviser is there for you all year round. Not just that one week before registering for the next semesters courses. They honestly want to help you as much as they can, and they are a lot of help. I am glad I can so easily get a hold of my adviser and go to her office to talk about this stuff, instead of just dumping it on her at our advising appointment.

Speaking of, next week is advising week, and choosing my classes for the next semester always stresses me out! So wish me luck :)

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What is happening this week at FONTBONNE!?

by Alumni Posts October 22, 2012

Hello Everyone, The weekend has sped by on rockets in my opinion! This semester, altogether, has gone by TOO fast! I would like to remind all students that registration is just around the corner. So keep your eyes out for those spring course catalogs!! I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but this […]

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Here We Go Again…

by Alumni Posts April 6, 2012

This morning, after waking up at 6:30 instead of at 5:30 like usual due to our Holy Thursday day off school, I looked at my planner.  I flipped the page to next week, and I saw it: “Advising Week.  Make sure you schedule an appointment with your advisor!” I’ve never actually met with my advisor […]

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Changing courses

by Deanna November 11, 2011

Part of me feels like this semester just began, but then there is a (big) part of me that thinks it has been dragging on and I just want it to end! I can see the finish line, and I feel so close. I just picked out my classes for next semester, and met with […]

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Choosing Classes for Spring.

by Alumni Posts November 11, 2011

So it’s time to pick classes for spring. I’m only a freshman in my first semester but there are a few things I’ve already picked up about choosing which courses I want to take next semester. I still find it hard to believe that I’m almost finished with my first semester of college and I […]

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Oh, What a Week…

by Alumni Posts November 8, 2010

This was a pretty stressful week for everyone on campus: Advising Week, when students have to put together their schedules for the spring semester with their advisors. It sounds like picking out classes would be easy; after all, there are lots of fun classes in the Course Catalog I’d enjoy taking: Stagecraft, French lessons through Washington University, and there’s even a METALSMITHING class I’d love […]

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I love advising week.

by Alumni Posts November 1, 2010

I’ve definitely written about this before, but that was months ago, so I feel at liberty to write about this again! Next week is advising week – and I LOVE advising week. There’s so much about it that I enjoy. First, it’s a huge reminder that the semester is coming to a close, and I […]

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