Associate Advisors Lead the Charge in Supporting Class of 2020

Leslie Bottari, Staff Associate, UAAP

A cohort of 203 students have been selected as Associate Advisors to support the freshman Class of 2020. Associate Advisors are an integral part of the First-Year Advising Network, which is composed of faculty advisors as well as advising consultants from the Office of Undergraduate Advising and Academic Programming (UAAP). As the number of faculty advising freshman continues to rise, the UAAP empowers Associate Advisors to support the faculty, ensuring that every advising group is built upon a solid foundation. 

Associate Advisors initially met their advisees and faculty advisor on the Tuesday of Freshman Orientation week. The meeting was an opportunity for advising groups to begin forming bonds. Associate Advisors and faculty addressed the questions and concerns of their freshmen and planned for their individual registration meetings on the following Thursday.

Associate Advisors have participated in extensive training to learn and practice how to actively listen, advise effectively, plan academic programs, and engage successfully with advisors. By providing the unique student perspective on the General Institute Requirements (GIRs), MIT resources, and a host of other topics, these students are a wealth of knowledge and experience, as well as community-builders in their residence halls. The Class of 2020 and freshman advisors can count on an exceptional group of Associate Advisors to support them for the 2016-2017 academic year.