Congratulations on declaring a sociology major or minor! We are very excited to have you in the department.
As an academic advisor, I'm here to help you navigate your courses and prepare for your career after SCU. I've created some structure for advising to allow me to best contribute to your success at SCU and beyond. Two important parts of us developing a positive working relationship are (1) clarifying advising expectations and (2) making sure that my style works for you.
In this page, you'll find details about my commitments as an advisor and my expectations for you as an advisee. Please read these carefully and be honest with yourself about what you're willing to commit to and what you expect of an advisor. It's okay if you would prefer a different kind of advising style, and thus, would like to change to a different advisor. It's also perfectly fine if you've been assigned to me or asked me to be your advisor and then change your mind after reading more. That's all a part of making informed decisions and I hope that the information that I've provided will help you make the decision that's right for you.
Here are a few things to know as we begin advising.
Google Drive Shared Advising Folder
I have shared a Google Drive folder, where we will share all documents. Inside this advising folder, you will find three sub-folders: (1) a course plan, (2) a resume template and guide, and (3) a template for goal setting. This is a lot of information and will take some time upfront but this will help you get the most out of your college years! My goal in creating this structure is for you to think about how I can best guide you and how you can best take advantage of all SCU has to offer.
This folder has a template for you to input your course plan, as well as checklists to make sure you are meeting all Core and Major or Minor requirements. You can also find these resources on the college websites here:
You should map out the courses that you plan to take and alternate courses if your desired courses are unavailable. Once you've solidified your schedule, record that information on the "Four-year Course Planning Worksheet," making sure to note any differences between your proposed and final schedules. If you are a transfer student, make notes on this worksheet about which courses are transferring for what types of credit. It's fine if you need to add another year or another few terms - it's only meant to be a template. If you're an upper-division student, you should also input the information for each of your previous semesters. The Degree Audit tool is very helpful as you are completing this process.
It is crucial to have a resume, no matter what your year. You should always keep an updated copy of your resume on hand. Ideally, you should update it as soon as something new happens or once a term, at minimum. Updating your resume frequently has two advantages:
it will make the process of updating your resume painless and ensure that you won't forget to add relevant information, and
it will allow you to celebrate your accomplishments as they happen.
Start by including all of your activities and accomplishments on an all-inclusive resume, which you can later tailor for specific positions. In our shared resume folder, I have provided a resume template from the SCU Career Center that you can customize. See example resumes and a comprehensive guide to creating your resume here at the SCU Career Center.
Although the course plan helps you navigate graduation requirements, it won't help you outline your career or other academic and personal goals. I've provided a Google Docs document where you can outline your goals. To begin, think about the goals that you would like to have accomplished within the next 2 years. After you have established your goals, outline the activities that you will complete to accomplish them. Completing this document will also help me get to know you so that I can provide you better guidance as we move forward. This part of my advising structure is optional for you, but highly recommended. I recommend you complete the Goal-Setting worksheet by the end of week 3 each term.