Be current on academic policies, procedures, and requirements
- Familiarize yourself with the Geographical Sciences Website: www.geog.umd.edu.
- Understand concentration requirements and keep a copy of your advising checklist and graduation plan together for easy reference.
- Take the initiative to contact your advisor. The Geographical Science Advising office can be reached at geog-advise [at] umd.edu.
- Know the academic calendar!
- Visit TerpEngage to make an appointment or view drop-in hours.
Help your advisor get to know you
- Reflect on your interests, experiences, and goals, and be open about your plans, concerns, and hopes.
- Bring a copy of your resume to your first advising meeting. It’s a great summary of your academic and career achievements.
- Bring a copy of your Degree Audit to each meeting. It can be found on TESTUDO.
- Update your advisor on your academic experiences and new or changing interests
Consider the following questions before the meeting
- What are your academic goals? What are your long-range career goals? What skills or experience will you need to achieve these goals?
- Are there courses within your discipline that are closely related to your goals?
- How can you use the summer months to gain the greatest amount of professional development?
- Are you thinking about graduate school? If so, are you pushing yourself to go the extra mile and not just do the minimum required? Discuss this with your advisor.
- Bring a list of questions/concerns before each meeting-Be sure to do some preliminary research on them beforehand!
- Have a list of proposed courses and why you selected them
- If there are upper level courses outside your curriculum that you’re interested in, ask if they can count as Restricted Electives. Explain how this course relates to your interests
- If you’re interested in gaining research or internship experience, ask about departmental opportunities and referrals to appropriate faculty
- Take notes and keep copies of all documents you receive. Creating a personal advising file is helpful for later reference
REMEMBER– Your advisor can guide you and give you options but YOU are the one responsible for making things happen!