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Helping Students Balance Stress
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the need to meet right away or as soon as possible, that
properly indicates an emergency and signals the need to
respond immediately to a potential crisis.”
- Linda B. Hobgood, Speech Center Director, University of Richmond
“If a student chooses their advisor in their major, the advising
is very well done.”
—Professor, Finance, Accounting, and Real Estate
“I try to be relatively flexible with my office hours, and I make
sure I ask my advisees loads of questions— courses they’ve
taken, topics they’re interested in, what they think they’re
good at, what they hope to do after college—to get a sense
of how to advise them. I also urge students to be proactive—
to pester me via email if they have a problem. I remind them
that they’re adults and ultimately responsible for their
education. I see my job as an advisor as demystifying what
can sometimes seem to be a big and difficult institution to
navigate.”
—Professor, History
Suggestions
Consider creating a questionnaire for students to assess their
advisors, including questions about faculty accessibility,
hospitality (welcoming and feeling comfortable), interest in