By Vicki Colbert |Staff Writer|
There are advising and counseling resources on this campus that can help CSUSB students graduate on time, but they are rarely used. Not only is this a waste of student fees, but a waste of time … the student’s time.
As far as selecting classes, it can be confusing to read the PAWS report and figuring out how many units is required to graduate since every college and department is different.
Edward Hewitt found himself lost his first two years at CSUSB, and took some classes he didn’t need that were ultimately not credited towards his communications degree. At that moment, he decided it was time to find an advisor.
“I go through my department to pick my classes, usually I just make an appointment and they’re usually available to help me on the spot,” said Hewitt.
Aside from the two students I interviewed, I decided to visit the SAIL center and Advising and Academic services center. Both rooms were nearly empty, which is too bad because the services they offer are free! They’re funded by student fees so we might as well take advantage of them!
For instance, Advising and Academic Services located on the third floor of University Hall offers aid to students whom are undeclared majors, wanting to drop a class, selecting classes per quarter and for students who are enrolled in remedial English or Math. Considering that most incoming freshman will take a remedial course their first year, this center should not be as empty as it is.
Another center on the third floor of UH is the Student Assistance in Learning Program, otherwise known as SAIL. The receptionist a the front desk informed me that this program was designed to help students who are low income, disabled or first generation college students. Being that I am the first person in my family to attend college, I wish I had known about this program before because I literally picked my fall classes blindly as an incoming freshman.
With over 17,500 students enrolled and virtually all with the ultimate goal of graduating, more students should be utilizing these counseling or advising centers, and not just because they need it to clear a hold or drop a class.
These centers are meant to educate students in gaining more information, deciding which classes are more essential to a specific major, and most importantly graduating on time which proficient knowledge for the job market.
What bothers me is that our student fees go up every year yet these centers get little to no visitors. I don’t know about everyone else, but I don’t want to be considered a “super senior” because I was misguided. For that reason I chose to get myself a mentor to help guide my path to graduation and help me with school work.
Luckily, there is still a place on campus where there seems to be large amount of students dedicated to staying on track with classes and other miscellaneous needs.
The Faculty Student Mentoring Program in the John F. Pfau Library receives about fifty students a day according to mentor Bryan Toledanl. FSMP provides academic and career advising with free printing and a computer lab. The program also conducts field trips to museums in Los Angeles for the students enrolled in the program.
From experience, this center provided me with the best mentor throughout my freshman and sophomore year. My mentor was a communications major like me and told me which professors to avoid and worked with me on essays and outlines. She even practiced speaking Spanish with me, being that my minor is Spanish language.
I highly encourage the students of CSUSB to take advantage of the counseling and advising services on campus. They’re here and go unnoticed until students find themselves in a dire situation. These services are here to help, and we will always need help one way or another.