Advising

What is Academic Advising?

Academic advising assigns students to a university representative for the purpose of providing insight or direction in academic, social, intellectual, or personal matters to promote success.

The nature of communication may be to inform, suggest, discipline, mentor, or teach toward the development of physically, socially, and emotionally well rounded individuals (in Academic Advising, 2011).

Within the Department of Animal Sciences, university representatives are faculty or staff who share your program interests. Advising provides you the opportunity to exchange information with university professionals who can help you connect academic interests with career and personal ambitions, and who are knowledgeable of campus and community resources, policies, and procedures. It is your responsibility to take the lead in forming a purposeful relationship with your advisor.  Embrace the rich culture of OSU and its surrounding communities, but never forget commitment to your academics and responsibility to your future.

You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.

- Woodrow Wilson

Objectives of Advising

The advising process consists of both professional mentoring and curriculum advising:

1. Advising promotes the establishment of a purposeful and professional relationship
  • Explore life and career goals
  • Identify qualities and strengths and how to apply toward a life-long career
2. Advising allows you to be informed in academic planning
  • Progress efficiently through your program
  • Discuss course decisions
  • Clarify schedule concerns