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The Value of Academic Advisors for Adult Learners

Posted by Saint Leo University | Continuing Education on Sep 13, 2016 12:00:00 PM

DSC_5309-590940-edited.jpgIt doesn’t matter which one of our Education Centers you attend, one thing is clear: being an adult learner typically comes with some unique challenges.

Unlike “traditional” college students who set out to get their degree when they are fresh out of high school, adult learners often have a different set of responsibilities that extend beyond going to classes and turning in homework. Some of these include holding down a full-time job, taking care of a family (which may include children, aging parents, or both), and all of the other obligations that usually come with keeping up a home.

That’s why Saint Leo University is focused on doing our part to relieve as much pressure as we can for students with these types of challenges. And one of the ways we do this is by providing you with an academic advisor, a resource that can be invaluable to your college career for a number of reasons.

An Academic Advisor Is Essentially Your Educational Mentor

Think back to when you first started your job. It’s likely that at least one person stepped in as a mentor to you, helping teach you the ins and outs of your position in a way that advanced your level of success. It’s also likely that this same person became someone you could go to with all of your questions about what to do or what not to do, enabling you to get the answers you needed in order to not only do your job, but do it well.

Well, that’s the same type of value provided by Saint Leo’s academic advisors, it’s just that it’s in a different setting. These are individuals who can help you with all of your educational decisions—such as which courses to take, how best to track your progress, and what you need to do to graduate within a specific time—so you can earn your degree knowing that you’re doing it in the best way possible for you.

Our academic advisors essentially become your educational mentors, answering all of your learning and degree-related questions along the way. They’re there to guide you in the direction you want to go, even helping you decide a major or pick a career path if you’re uncertain which will fulfill you most.

Connect with Someone Understanding of Your Circumstances

Additionally, the academic advisors at Saint Leo are aware of the additional obligations that many adult learners face beyond your studies and classes. They understand the challenges created by adding school to your already packed work, home, and family schedule. Better yet, they look forward to helping you overcome the types of obstacles these more complex situations can bring about as you pursue your degree.

And sometimes it’s just nice to have someone to share your concerns and trials with, someone who is there not to judge you, but only to listen and help. Someone who is as committed to your educational success as you, but also someone who clearly understands what it’s like to try to manage a multitude of areas in your life without letting any of them fall.

Academic Advisors Can Even Help Hone Personal Development Skills

While academic advisors are meant to help you get and stay on the path to your academic success, know that they are there to assist you personally too. They care about more than just whether you’ll make your classes or earn your degree. They want to see you excel as a person. And they’re there to help you do that, to be with you along the way.

For instance, if you struggle in a certain personal area, maybe you have a hard time dispersing your stress or your organization skills leave a little something to be desired, an academic advisor can even help with that too. This may be by providing tips about what worked for them or someone else who they’ve helped before, or it could simply be by connecting you with a resource that can give you the assistance you need.

Academic Advisors Are Invaluable

It is for these types of reasons that academic advisors can be completely invaluable to your educational progress as an adult learner attending one of Saint Leo’s Education Centers. By aligning yourself with someone “who knows,” you get to bypass some of the obstacles that other students face, obstacles that threaten their ability to graduate or graduate on time, solely because you got good advice as to what steps to take beforehand.

You get someone who walks with you as you take your journey toward a career that will satisfy your soul. Someone who is right beside you, making sure you never feel alone.

So, if you haven’t already, make contact with your academic advisor today. Let him or her help you make your time in college easier and an even greater success. You deserve that…and more!

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