Associate Advisors Lead the Charge in Supporting Freshmen

by Leslie Bottari, Staff Associate, UAAP

A group of 230 enthusiastic associate advisors are leading the charge in mentoring the freshman Class of 2018. These volunteer upperclassmen are an integral part of the First -Year Advising Network, made up of a freshman advisor and a consultant from the Office of Undergraduate Advising and Academic Programming (UAAP). With an increase in the number of faculty advising freshmen, the UAAP has ensured that every advising group is built on a strong foundation. 

Associate advisors have participated in rigorous training to learn and practice how to actively listen, advise effectively, plan academic programs, and engage successfully with advisors. By adding a unique student perspective, providing the knowledge of the General Institute Requirements (GIR) and MIT resources, these students are an invaluable source of information for freshman advisors. They are also community-builders who draw upon and connect MIT resources for freshmen in their residence halls.  

In addition to working with their advising groups, associate advisors are strongly connected to their residential communities. Already hard at work in their residence halls, associate advisors have organized two faculty dinners, planned GIR review sessions, and organized several academic programs for the fall. The Class of 2018 and freshman advisors have an exceptional group of associate advisors guiding them for the 2014-2015 academic year.