“Don’t come to the appointment high on drugs” Tips from an Academic Advisor

Seth Wilhelmsen is a general studies advisor at the Davis Campus.  He has answered thousands of questions and helped all kinds of students.  He offers a few kernels of wisdom for potential students.

Schedule an appointment

Ok, so you’ve got two options.

If you already know what you want to study: You’ll need to find your specific college advisor and their contact information at this website. Once you find your appropriate advisor, give them a call or send them an email.

If you don’t know exactly what you want to major in: You can meet with a general studies advisor by calling the Student Success Center at 801-626-6752 (Ogden campus) or 801-395-3480 (Davis Campus).

Once you get a hold of an advisor, make sure you have your W# ready and be prepared to schedule an appointment. If you can’t make it to regular advisor hours, special evening appointments are available by request.

Get to know your advisor

An academic advisor is the person who is going to help you pick out classes, and help you get started at Weber State. “We will talk about WSU’s campus resources that are available and if there are concerns or specific resources they need such as, tutoring, non-trad or disability,” says Wilhelmsen.  You should take the time to work with your advisor because they are an invaluable tool for returning students.

Be prepared

Your advisor is going to know the requirements for your degree and major, so don’t be afraid to go into detail about what you want to accomplish and how you want to do it. They can also give you information about different class options so you can come up with a schedule that works best for you.

Don’t show up chemically impaired

Wilhelmsen gets a lot of strange questions as an advisor, and most of the time he’s very helpful. I asked him about some of his strangest experiences and after a long pause he said “Don’t come to the appointment high on drugs.” Which, really, is good advice for all of us.

Little Known Resources: Child Care

Think about every excuse you’ve ever made about getting back into school.

Now think about Weber State University.

Now back to you.

WSU has just about every excuse you’ve ever thought of covered.  Think you need a little help with tough classes? Covered.  Can’t afford it? Got that too.  Not sure what classes to take? We’ve got your back. Some of the resources are pretty well known, advisors, financial aid, etc. Today I’m here to tell you about all the resources that you might not know about, but that can be a huge help to you. This first installment is going to talk about the amazing child care center here on campus. So hang on to your pretzels and juice boxes and let’s dig in.

Onsite Child Care

The Hourly Childcare Center offers flexible hourly care or a plan-b option for WSU students (not to be confused with the Plan-B which can be found at the student health center, but that’s another article for another day.) If you have a child between the ages of 2-9, they can stay at the childcare center for up to 4 hours a day.   It’s inexpensive (just $3.00 per hour) and they offer quality childcare with structured curriculum.  I know what you’re thinking, but you’re definitely wrong.  All of this is not too good to be true! All you have to do is obtain a request form from the Non Traditional Center (SU322)

Child Care Resource and Referral

If you’re not sure that the WSU Hourly Childcare Center is the right place for your little prince or princess, they also offer services to help you find a place that fits you and your child in the Ogden area.   How can you go wrong, right?  Visit their website for more information.

Well that’s one excuse down. What else?  Hang in there for the next installment, future wildcats, because I’m going to give you a rundown of the tutoring services.

Campus can be like a foreign country—leave the fannypack at home.

Going back to school for the first time can be daunting, especially if it’s been a while since you hauled textbooks. In fact, it’s a lot like traveling to a foreign country for the first time. There are language barriers (what’s a “syllabus”?), places to get lost in (I’m talking to you, Student Services building), and plenty of locals to help you find your way (Wildcats are generally friendly by nature). Here are just a few tips to help you in your new journey back to campus.

1) DO YOUR RESEARCH

Know before you go—gain as much information as you can about a new place well before ever stepping foot there. Find out where you’re going to be spending most of your time (Social Science, Elizabeth Hall, the Louvre, etc.) and the quickest route between these places. There’s nothing quite like arriving to campus on the first day of the semester and not knowing where your classes are. Also, be sure to account for travel time (driving, parking, and walking).

2) DON’T OVER PACK

Travel as light as you can— you’re probably going to be doing a lot of walking, so wear a good pair of shoes and take only what you need for the day (textbooks, pencils, passport, etc.). Nobody likes trucking around unnecessary weight.

 

3) TAKE IT ALL IN

Campus is a beautiful place— take it all in while you have this chance. Just like some exotic vacation, your time here will end before you know it. So, be sure to take full advantage of your time here. Take in the local art scene (plenty of galleries and performances), get lots of snapshots (the local fowl population makes for great wildlife shots), or simply visit with the locals (make good use of study groups). It’s all up to you, your time here is what you make it.

And don’t forget that when you’re outside the country (and campus), you’re representing the U.S. (and Weber State University), so don’t be that guy—leave the fanny pack and the foldout map at home, all right?

“What part of ‘Keep away from children’ did you not understand?”

Parenting is hard. Kids these days don’t know anything, even that they’re kids. To help take the edge off, the WSU Women’s Center is offering a free, 8-week workshop series.

Parenting with Love and Logic
Tuesdays, Feb. 8 through Mar. 29, 2011
5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Shepherd Union Building, Room 305

The workshops are free and open to the public. Attendees do not need to attend every session. To sign up, contact their office at 801-626-6090.

In the mean time, check out Stuff My Kids Ruined. It’s full of kids who could have used more logic.

Register for Summer Classes

Get your groove on this summer.
Summer semester registration opens March 28, so you can sign up for either summer block.

Block 1 starts May 2.
Block 2 starts June 20.

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Get to know a student.

Lu Zhang
Major: International Economic
Country of Origin: China
Year: Junior

Why did you choose Weber State?
It suits my situation.

What was the biggest obstacle that would have prevented you from going to Weber State?
VISA.

What surprised you most at Weber State?
Students can take children with them to have class.

Would you recommend Weber State to others?
Yes

What is your favorite thing about Weber State?
Professors are nice, free swimming pool.

If you could change one thing about Weber State, what would it be? And why?
More money to learning, less money to sports. Offer aid to students from foreign countries. More programs available to foreign students

How is school at Weber State different from your country?
Tests are frequently. I take 20 credits so I have exams every week. Students can wear whatever they want, flip-flops, eat food in class, etc.

What do you wish more people knew about your country?
Please don’t ask me why I am the only child in my family. We aren’t a fully developed country. We are still developing.

What is your favorite thing to do on campus?
Swim.

Is there anything you would like to add?
Provide more job opportunities. Some people they don’t want to hire foreigners is because they don’t have social security number, they are not qualified for work study but they are the real people who really need help.