Meeting and talking with one’s adviser is a very important step in the registration process. Students should “go prepared” to the meeting with their adviser – do not expect that he or she can read a student’s mind. A student should have a list of classes they are interested in taking, and they should have early thoughts about potential majors. If a student is interested in SMU study abroad, questions about classes offered at the various venues should be discussed with the adviser as well.
The “up and down” life of college students today is fascinating to watch. We all probably went through many of the same things our students are experiencing when we were 18 or 19 years old, but the feelings we had back then are gone from our memory bank. Left are only the visions of “the good times.” Little do we remember vividly about the sad times, the upset times, the “feeling blue” times.
For students across the country at colleges and universities of all sizes, certain times in the academic year tend to be more challenging than others. Parents who understand the “ups and downs” of their student’s first year will be better equipped to help them negotiate the challenges they will face transitioning to SMU. Below are some very typical issues students face during their first year: