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THE TRUTH: My Experience as An Academic Advisor



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hey guys today I'm really excited just

because I'm gonna be doing a video on my

experience as an academic advisor and I

know that I've done quite a few vlogs

and kind of follow me around videos

where you guys can get more of an

in-depth experience or kind of like a

day-to-day explanation of what I'm doing

and things like that if I am no longer

an academic advisor I get a lot of

questions still about my experience and

I figured that maybe I need to just make

a video so that I can direct people to

this video if they continue asking those

specific questions and things like that

so I'm really excited just because I

loved being an academic advisor I

enjoyed what I was doing and kind of the

premise behind the work of an advisor

for college students and things like

that so let's go ahead and get right

into this video what I'm gonna do to

make it a little bit easier to follow

along is I'm actually gonna put the

questions I'll be answering in the

description box just in case you are

more curious about a specific part of

this video and then the other parts

maybe you already know because you've

been watching the vlogs or anything like

that yeah that'll be in the description

box okay just to kind of give you guys a

backstory I graduated from undergrad in

December of 2017 and then I graduated

from my grad program this past December

so December of 2019

so that is kind of like education

history being an academic advisor was my

first job out of undergrad so first I

will answer the question what degree do

you need to be an academic advisor and

so because I only have one undergraduate

degree and I know that that suffice to

be an academic advisor cutting Human

Development and Family Studies is an

appropriate degree but which is what I

studied if you didn't catch on to that a

lot of degrees that go into academic

advising vary from Social Work

psychology sociology human development

like ice

services English counseling anything

that really has to understand the

behaviors of individuals or anything

that understands the mind of people or

the family history or family system of

individuals I think it's really what

would really well as being an academic

advisor of course I'm pretty sure there

are other degrees that maybe I just am

not aware of that would actually work

perfectly to be an academic advisor so I

highly recommend that you just do some

research and ultimately even if you

don't have a degree that varies among

that genre I think your experiences also

play a huge role and whether or not you

can advise someone else another question

that I think is really prevalent to this

topic I was an academic advisor for

online college students so all of my

students were online and so that is why

in the vlogs which like I said they'll

be linked in the description box I would

have a headset because I would

communicate with my students via phone

call like I said with the headsets or

the email those were the main two ways

that I could communicate with them and

then I could also use the headset to

receive calls from students in case they

wanted to get in touch with me that is

how I would contact them or they could

reach me and things like that

I mean question is what exactly did you

do like what does an academic advisor do

and so like I said I have gone over this

and other videos so I will meet them in

the downbar because I'm not gonna go

super in-depth but ultimately if you

have not gone to college before then

maybe you don't understand exactly what

an academic advisors role is or if you

did have one and they just like weren't

that great because I think we've all had

an experience with a not-so-great

academic advisor and then one that just

really gets us and we can click really

well with I think being an academic

advisor ultimately is being able to

mentor

guide someone throughout their college

experience it was a devising

non-traditional college student so maybe

some who went to college before and then

they didn't finish and so years later

they're coming back to school and so the

reason why I said that's non-traditional

or they're labeled as non-traditional is

because there's a stigma that the

traditional college student goes to

college right after high school which I

honestly think those labels should be

taken off because

I think that there are so many ways to

be successful and things like that

it's another conversation for another

day see my students were older than me

as well my students were going to

college for like the third time or a

very small amount of students that were

going to college for the first time so

as you can imagine those different type

of students need to be advised very

differently because if it's someone's

first time versus someone's third time

so I think being an academic advisor

involves scheduling their classes like I

said being that encouragement system

just because a lot of students don't

have anyone in their life that is pro

college and that is really supporting

them mentally to succeed in school so

you know sometimes it involves just kind

of like listening to personal challenges

that these students have to overcome

that directly affect their focus or

their capacity to even do work or their

time a lot of my students had children a

lot of my students had families had

students who had just gone through a

divorce I had a lot of military students

I had students who the attitudes and you

really had to just kind of like coach

them through that from like the most

wholesome place and like the most

judgment-free place and also just like

the I'm not your mom

place if that makes sense but I also

think a huge part to being an advisor is

kind of building the rapport and sharing

how you know what I've been through that

and so I know exactly how you feel or I

haven't been through that but I can see

that

this is how this makes you feel and your

feelings are valid and I really loved

being an advisor I don't for sure that

it is something that aligns with my big

picture of purpose and life and things

like that yeah I only specific vlog so

that you guys can get a day-to-day

experience and office and things like

that or see challenges with being an

academic advisor so if you guys have

seen from my vlogs the office space

wasn't like an independent like office

they're a different Department for all

the advisors so like the School of

Health the School of Business the School

of Nursing the school of like science

and all of that they had different

different like spaces or aisles to be

quite honest which you guys have

probably seen on the vlog the biggest

challenge was having to work in that

kind of

environment and I think the main reason

is just because everyone has a different

version of advising everyone has a

different theology on what being a good

adviser looks like or even sounds like I

like to be able to reflect on my

performance without like hearing someone

else I'm like hearing someone else's

praise because they said X Y Z and then

me internally thinking well maybe I

should just start like advising like

them since X Y Z and things like that

another question that I got was what was

your favorite part of being an academic

advisor and so I would honestly say my

favorite part was just really seeing

myself and a lot of my students and a

lot of their situations I had been

through like you know maybe they were

transferring which I've transferred a

lot of my students you wanted to take

time off for personal reasons which I

had done that students were on academic

probation which believe it or not I was

on academic probation for like a

semester in undergrad which who that is

another story for another day

but that was something that I had to

overcome and it was something that I

overcame obviously because I graduated

some students struggle with just finding

the motivation to finish college which I

could totally relate finances were also

kind of like a issue with a lot of

students and I could totally relate to

that

so like I said just really seeing myself

sorry the life thing myself and a lot of

my students and knowing the situations

that they were in I once was in and how

I overcame them really allowed me to

advise from a personal experience versus

advising from the way that book says

that you should or the training says

that you should just because I think at

the end of the day any type of work that

you do you have to remember that these

are people especially if you are like in

the Human Services field or the field

that you're working with people a lot

you can't forget that these are real

people now then being able to say oh

like Missy died I can't believe like you

went through that too and things like

that or hopefully it's not too dark

but ultimately just being their

cheerleader and helping them set

realistic goes from like a personal

experience because I know for example

when I was on academic probation it was

so easy for people to make judgments

like people within like the school

system so easy for them to make judgment

but if you have studied human

development if you've studied psychology

if you've studied you know these topics

you know that failure is often connected

to something deeply rooted so whether

that's an identity issue whether that's

breaking generational cycles and not

knowing how to do that because you're

the first in your family to even attempt

at doing it I'm sorry

deep rooted issues that you have to like

bring to the surface and talk about so

that you can one start the healing

process and to really attack those goes

because because it hasn't been done and

your family doesn't mean that you can't

do it and so that was definitely

something that I loved talking to my

students about and just really telling

them hey you are the difference like

you're going to make the difference in

your family and your generational family

line and I know you can do it and just

things like that and just really having

real conversations with them I don't

know I love being an advisor so yeah I

don't know I feel like being an advisor

it's definitely something that I will do

again whether it's in the structured

advisory way and that leads me to the

question well then if you loved it so

much why did you quit me it was really

time that I started to open up another

part of my purpose and professionally

that just looked different and so the

job that I'm and now you guys like I

love the job that I'm doing now and I

know that it's helping me fulfill

purpose it has challenged me in so many

ways it's pushed me to grow in a way

that being an academic advisor would not

have been able to and so it hasn't been

easy but it's definitely been changing

me in so many ways and so I'm driven by

purpose and I'm driven by living a life

of service and living

speaking to God and that may not always

be easy and yeah I definitely felt like

it was time to challenge myself and then

I was also graduating from my grad

program and so it was either that I got

a new job then or I just got it before

or I got it after and I felt like you

know what the time is now so last

question is would you be an advisor

again and like I said I definitely think

in some form or fashion

I'm meant to be some type of advisor but

love to be an academic advisor like at a

university like on a campus at some

point in my life who knows what that has

in store but I hope that you guys really

enjoyed this video and I really hope

that it gave you some insight on what

being an academic advisor is like and

what might experience it for me if that

makes sense

got a fight with the son here and these

rays but I'm definitely gonna leave

specific vlogs in the description box

the day in my life or a week in my life

or a night in my life which that was

something I didn't like about my

specific job is that we had to work

night shifts if that makes sense so like

some days you would have to come from

like 8:00 to 5:00 and then some days you

would have to come from like 11:00 to

8:00 at night and for me I like

consistency and I just wasn't a

consistent work schedule for me so yeah

and now my new job I get to work 9:00 to

5:00 consistently or for the most part

and then I also get to work from home

which is super cool but I thought it'll

be another video because this video is

just way too long already don't that you

guys enjoyed it and of course if you

have any other questions feel free to

leave them in the comments and yeah that

you guys are doing well and I will talk

to you and very very soon

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