Some students said they believed advising proved to be a stressful time for both students and professors.
According to the Center for Academic Services website, academic advising provides students with the opportunity to discuss course offerings and degree requirements with a professional adviser.
First and second year students are required to meet with their advisers.
Academic advisers are usually faculty members in the student’s major.
Exceptions can be found in certain programs such as Nursing and Business where students are assigned full–time professional advisers.
Molly Jones, a junior English major, said she ran into a problem she believed many other students have encountered.
“The classes I want to get in are often canceled, so I never get into the classes that I want,” Jones said.
Jones said this could often be misleading and cause frustration for many students.
“I’ve run into problems in the past with advising and am actually facing problems this time around,” Jones aid.
Jones said she felt the advising period was stressful for her and other students in the English department.
“In the English department, they don’t offer more than one session of the upper level classes, so if you don’t get into that class then you’re in a predicament,” Jones said.
Jones said because of this many students have had to wait an additional semester to get into the class they need to take to graduate.
She said in some instances students may wait a whole year to get into a class for their majors.
“Right now, I’m hoping to get into certain classes next semester so I can graduate on time,” Jones said.
She said if she did not get in these necessary classes she may graduate a semester later than she originally planned.
Ruth-Ann Palmer, a junior strategic communication major, said she did not find the advising period stressful but saw why other students would.
“I can relate to some students’ problems with the advising period because my previous adviser focused on things other than her students,” Palmer said.
Palmer said she found herself doing mostly everything on her own during the advising process, but that helped her in the long run.
Upperclassmen are not required to meet with an adviser but may sign up for classes on their own any time after their allotted times.
Palmer said another problem many students faced was finding a time that fit both the student’s and adviser’s schedules.
According to the Center for Academic Services, students may take other routes such as meeting with the chair of their major department.
Pre-majors, freshmen Design, Merchandising, and Textiles majors, or freshmen in the AddRan College of Liberal Arts who have problems with scheduling should consult the Center for Academic Services.
“I don’t find the process very stressful if you know what you’re doing, but it’s nice to have someone who can help you with certain decisions,” Palmer said.
Students can find their assigned time to register for classes on my.tcu.edu.