7 reasons why an advisor’s advice is advisable

 

A bit of a mouthful but ok, so by week 3 you are already settling in and then you see that it is ‘meet your advisor’ week. You will receive these emails about meeting your advisor, but who is this person anyway and what do they do to help you? Well, your advisor is assigned to you from the get go and I am so glad that this system is in UL! I actually never met mine in week 4 (as was advised) but I did eventually meet them in semester 2 (about week 4!).

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1. You can find your advisor on your student portal

It is so simple and their email is right there and it could not get any easier. The advisors are usually the college lecturers that are in your department or as close to this as they could get. They are there to help you, so it is no harm to drop them an email.

 

2. You do not have to have exact questions to ask them to arrange a meeting

When you decide that you want to meet your advisor and you have questions, it does not really matter what those questions are as such! They can be as vague as you want and the advisors are there to help you figure out the rest! Your question can be as small as you like.

 

3. They will help you out of an ‘I do not know what to do’ patch

Most people meet their advisor because they are concerned about their course and where they are heading in it. If you are feeling like this then definitely meet with them. They are people from your course background and may have even done the same course as you so they will be very helpful to you if you feel lost on the path you are taking.

 

4. You can meet with them when you want

As I have said I actually did not meet with my advisor until second semester and that was ok. Though I would advise going to see them earlier as this system helped me a lot. You do not have to meet them just the one time so make use of having this advisor, college is hard enough at the start, everything is so new which means that meeting your advisor is a really basic but handy step in week 4.

 

5. Do not be afraid to say you have/have not met with them

It might seem weird because you feel like no one else is after seeing their advisor but actually you would be surprised. After I went to see mine I said it to some other people in my course about how good I thought it was and, well, it turns out they had been to see their advisor too! At the time I felt like the only one!

 

6. They will have their own office

So, the advisor that you are meeting will have their own office where you can talk to them and they can help you so it is not like you are going to be meeting a member of the faculty in the library café in front of everyone! This way it is private between the two of you and you can talk freely about any questions/worries/thoughts you might have.

 

7. Your advisor is there to advise you

In saying all that, your advisor is not going to tell you what to do. That part is up to you. They will, however, give you ideas and help you see a path that you could take through college and after. The main thing is that they will advise you and they know that you are in first year and everything is different to before!

 

Good Times

Enjoy UL guys, you will have a great time and I would definitely recommend meeting your advisor!

 

 

7 Advisors UL Should Hire

Wrapping up “Meet Your Advisor” week here at the HUB. Hopefully you met your advisor and they are class, if you need more info. on the system read “who is your advisor and what do they do?”.

However, while we aren’t saying there is anything wrong with UL’s current advisors, if they wanted to bring in a few more as super subs, we have some suggestions.

 

1. Michael D. Higgins

Firstly, how cool would it be to to have him at our games to celebrate every time we score?

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Born in Limerick, a politician, poet, sociologist, author and broadcaster. He was SU President & a Lecturer in UCG, and was a Visiting Professor at Southern Illinois University. SO, we think he would have plenty of advice for his advisees.

However, if he thinks doing his job is more important than coming to UL we would settle for Michael Tea Higgins. So cute!

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2. Dumbledore

“Welcome to a new year at Hogwarts UL! Before we begin our banquet, I would like to say a few words. And here they are: Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak!”

He would say loads of wise things and he is #BeardGoals, what’s not to love? He could advise you on really important academic matters, such as, if you should hit snooze on your alarm one more time …

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UL is basically Hogwarts without the magic anyways, he would fit right in. Any spells he had up his sleeve for insuring you pass your exams would be sound too.

 

3. Elsa

“They never replied to me on Tinder”

“They had no chicken rolls left in Spar, I feel personally victimised”

“I have a 4-6 p.m. tutorial on a Friday, I feel personally victimised”

We know what your advisor Elsa would say …

 

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4. Bridget Jones

While we imagine having her as the advisor for the aspiring journos in UL, she is also simply the perfect Lady to advise us all on the best type of relationship to be in:

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5. Flan Costello?

If you haven’t met him yet then WARNING, he is likely to charge a fiver or a “flan” when you do.

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When they were going to rename one of the bridges in Limerick after JFK there was a campaign to get the City Council to reconsider & name it after FLAN. We are joking, you can read the newspaper article here. We are certain he would advise us all very well on many matters.

 

6. YODA

Move over Michael D. we have someone even smaller and older.

Advise you, he will.

“Hey Yoda, I was thinking of posting my third Instagram selfie of the day, do you think that’s too much or…”

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7. Beyoncé

Imagine! No seriously, her as an advisor … imagine!

“Hey Bey, I was thinking of checking in with my ex just to see how they…”

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“Hey Bey, I have five 9 a.m. starts can I just…”

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“Hey Bey, so he liked this other girl’s Insta pic but apparently they are just…”

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Who would you like to see as an adviser in UL??

Let us know via the numerous social media platforms we have.

 

 

Who Is Your Advisor & What Do They Do?

Kindergarten Cop anyone? No, just us?

If you haven’t seen it, check it out. It’s a classic how Schwarzenegger didn’t get the Oscar will continue to baffle us. But moving on, let’s answer the titular questions:

 

Who is my advisor?

Well we already told you, a few times actually. So when you enrolled you would have gotten an online enrollment message like this example here:

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Then we would have sent you an email that looked like this below, stating your advisor and what their email address was.

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And, on top of that we also sent a text message to every single student with the name of their advisor. So we would imagine everyone would know already…

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However all you have to do if you still don’t know is click here and access your student portal where the information is listed. And if you are still having issues with finding out call into the HUB between 08:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.

 

What do they do?

One of the most important supports available to you in UL is your academic advisor. Meeting with your advisor will:

  • Provide support and help you be successful in your studies.
  • Provide non-judgemental support during your learning experience, helping you come to specific solutions/strategies that work for you.
  • Provide academic support and guidance.
  • Help you with advice on important decisions you need to make.

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How and when will I meet my Academic Advisor?

Your Academic Advisor would normally contact you in the first few weeks of semester 1, either by sending you an email about meetings or a text. Meetings may be one to one or as part of a group.

Typically, the meetings are set as follows…

During Week 3 – Individual or small group informal meet and greet meetings (2-3 students). Week 3 of the First Seven Weeks programme is Meet Your Advisor Week, and we will be running initiatives to help you get in touch with your advisor. As well as this, if you are a first-year student in the Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences (AHSS), there is this handy welcome event at 6 p.m. on Monday of Week 3 (Monday 18th September) in the University Concert Hall, which will feature refreshments, finger food and a chance to meet your Academic Advisor in a relaxed environment!

Week 5/6  – Group activity session 1 (all advisees with their advisor)

Week 8/9 – Group activity session 2

Week 10 – Individual meetings pre-exams

Of course, if you need to meet your advisor outside of established meeting times, contact them via email to set up an alternative time.