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First Year Advising
Incoming Brandeis students will find no shortage of people to turn to for advice on their academics. For most students, many different faculty, staff and students will provide them advice and comfort during their tenure at Brandeis. In order to ensure that each first year student has access to these resources from the beginning of their career, however, new students are assigned three advisors during the summer before they arrive on campus to aid them in their transition to college life and help them begin to find their own academic path. Each of these resources brings different strengths and a unique perspective on Brandeis to the advising relationship. On this page, you will find a little information to help you decide how to utilize each of your resources, so you can gain as much as possible from the experience.
Making the Most of your Academic Advisors
Faculty/Staff Advisor and Mentor
Wherever possible, we attempt to match first year students with a faculty or staff member with whom they share an academic interest. This gives our students a chance to get to know an individual within one of the University's disciplines on a personal level. This person is often a great resource for answering questions about their department and related areas of study. Getting to know your first year advisor is also a great way to begin to feel more comfortable working with and talking to faculty and staff outside of the classroom. This is a critical part of the educational experience at Brandeis, where we are fortunate enough to have an engaged and accessible group of faculty and staff who are eager to meet new students.
This person, may not, however, be prepared to answer detailed questions regarding overall academic plans at Brandeis. Most music professors, for instance, don't know a great deal about our economics courses, for instance, though many of our students will take classes in such diverse fields. For this reason Brandeis also provides professional advisors for all of our students. These staff members are prepared to work with students on building their overall academic plan for their entire career at Brandeis and are prepared to help address any challenges students face in their efforts to perform at their highest potential in their school work.
You are assigned an Academic Advisor from the Office of Academic Services when you enter Brandeis who will stay with you throughout your years at Brandeis. Your academic advisor is responsible for ensuring that, as a member of the first year class, you are aware of the resources you need to be successful in the classroom. As part of the Academic Services team, your advisor is available to provide regular advising and work with you on any academic questions you may have. Academic Advisors are also a resource for addressing matters such as long term academic planning, developing successful academic plans, pursuing career and academic aspirations as well as more short term issues such as resolving course scheduling problems.
The Roosevelt Fellows
In addition to the perspective provided by the Faculty/Staff Advisor and the Academic Advisor, Brandeis provides each incoming student with a trained peer advisor, who can provide a student's perspective on courses, majors and campus life. While each student is assigned a specific Roosevelt Fellow as their personal peer advisor, the Fellows work closely as a group, and many students find that they benefit from talking with different Fellows, as each naturally has different areas of expertise, based on their own academic experiences.
Students are encouraged to get to know all of their advisors in their first year, beginning what we believe will develop into important relationships that last well beyond their first year of college.