Are you having trouble with registration? Are you unable to find a particular classroom? Are you confused on the best way to order a salad at Jo’s, but too embarrassed to consult a friend? There’s now a Facebook page for that: Brown Advisors.
Building off the immense popularity of pages like our very own Brown University Compliments, the Brown Advisors page bills itself as being “created by Meik Leadership as a forum for all advising needs.”
The page was obviously designed with first-years in mind, but any student can ask a question or reply to someone else’s (we’re talking to you, upperclassmen). The anonymous nature of the posting allows you to ask questions you’d otherwise be too embarrassed to ask, while the open nature of the page essentially crowd-sources answers to your question.
The point being: sign up for Brown Advisors, or at least check it out. Whether or not you intend to ask any questions, you may be able to answer someone else’s and make their next trip to Jo’s just a little bit better.
At this point, you’ve moved into your humble abode with your new roommate. You’ve experienced the awkward circles of eager freshmen that form at the Ice Cream Social. You might have even experienced your first college party. You’re thinking, “this is [insert expletive of choice] great!” While you’re experiencing all of these things for the first time, it’s easy to forget the reason why you came here: to learn. Luckily, we’re here to remind you.
Classes start this Wednesday, September 4. Fear not, however, for you won’t be entering the process blindly. At Brown we have a comprehensive academic advising system for freshmen called the Meiklejohn Peer Advising Program. Each of you has a Meiklejohn (pronounced like pickle but with an “m”) who is an older student that has gone through everything you’re about to experience. Your Meik is the ultimate source of knowledge for you and the most valuable resource for all things related to Brown. If don’t know something, your Meik can point you in the direction someone who does.
In addition to your Meiklejohn, you have an academic advisor who will help you decide what classes to take, as well as what steps you should be taking to accomplish your goals (or even help figure out what your goals actually are). Tomorrow morning you’ll meet both of your advisors for the first time. Here are a couple tips to keep in mind when you meet them:
- Open up to your advisors. Actually give them the chance to get to know you. As a freshman, it’s easy to want to seem like you know what you’re doing. The truth is that most of the time you’re lost. And that’s perfectly fine. The advising program is here to help you! Your Meik and faculty advisor can help you best when they truly know you, your academic and extracurricular interests, and your concerns. Continue Reading