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A Word to the Wise

Advising Freshmen

Co Authors:

Jessica Dudek
University Honors College
University at Buffalo

Nigel Marriner
Office of the Registrar
University at Buffalo

Clyde Freeman Herreid
Department of Biological Sciences
University at Buffalo


Freshmen frequently struggle with major decisions both inside and outside of school. Even if they have required advisement sessions, they do not always know what questions to ask and what information to share with an advisor. This is true even for many science students who think they have certain career goals and a clearly delineated set of requirements. This case was designed to sharpen freshmen honors students’ understanding of the advisement process. It could also be used early in the semester in a general science course as an icebreaker, especially in courses where case studies will be used.

  • Understand the advisement process.
  • Help prepare for an advisement session.
Keywords: Freshman advisement; advising; general education
Topical Area: N/A
Educational Level: Undergraduate lower division
Formats: PDF
Type/Method: Discussion
Language: English
Subject Headings: Science (General)   Science Education   Teacher Education  
Date Posted: 12/13/04
Date Modified: N/A
Copyright: Copyright held by the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, University at Buffalo, State University of New York. Please see our usage guidelines, which outline our policy concerning permissible reproduction of this work.

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