'Get Twisted' to Sidestep Graduation Pitfalls

Published: February 24, 2014 | Read Time: 1 minutes

College can, at times, feel like a checklist of to dos from enrollment to graduation. Though oftentimes overlooked, academic advisors can provide helpful guidance to students every step of the way. To educate students about all their academic advisors have to offer, the SUU Passport program, SUU Orientation and Academic Advising will combine forces to help "untwist" common problems in "Get Twisted with Academics" on Tuesday, February 25, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Sharwan Smith Student Center Ballroom.

With pizza for all and prizes for the winners, Tuesday's take on the classic Twister promises fun and games but also useful information as students learn how academic advisors can help in every stage of the college years.

Jared Wilcken, an academic advisor for the College of Science and Engineering, said problems often arise when students neglect to visit regularly with their advisor.

“Obtaining your degree come become complicated," said Wilcken. "There is a specific order in which classes need to be taken, and many have prerequisites that can postpone graduation if not taken at the right time. This can be very confusing, but that is why each college has a set of very knowledgeable academic advisors.”

Wilcken said that beyond reviewing transcripts and degree paths, advisors get to know students on an individual level, to better help them select the right major to suit their aptitude and interests, and then map out the quickest and most effective path to graduation.

Wilcken said, "Many students come in with a mess of questions and concerns and leave the office with everything squared away, asking, ‘Why didn't I come in sooner?’”

The Academic Advising Offices are located in the Student Center, Suite 205.

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