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Advising & Mentoring

The relationships that you build with faculty and staff advisors and mentors empower you, creating a team of people to support you, guide you, and help you to develop and achieve your goals both here at Beloit and beyond.

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We know that your connections with faculty, staff, and other students at Beloit College are a key to your success here and beyond. Our Advising and Mentoring Program (AMP) is a two-year program of advising and mentoring that begins in the summer before you arrive at Beloit and continues through your sophomore year. We help you to explore our campus and community, build supportive relationships, seek out opportunities, and acquire skills to find and follow your educational and professional pathway. It’s our way of making sure that your sense of belonging here helps you find your way there.

Your Beloit experience begins as soon as you decide to become a Beloiter in the spring. We help you get ready in the summer by pairing you with your academic advisor, who will help you with the steps you need to take before arriving on campus, including registering for classes. If you have a question or a concern, we’ll be there to help — they’re just an email away! By the time you are here for New Student Days in August, you will be ready to spend that time meeting new friends, learning your way around campus, and settling in to your new home.

When classes begin, you and a small group of students will have already gotten to know your advisor and each other, a connection you will continue to build on through regular meetings throughout your first year. These Advising and Mentoring Program sessions focus on supporting everything else you do—your academic work, your social life and co-curricular experiences, taking care of yourself, and the steps you take toward everything from choosing a major to preparing for a career path. Even better, your small-group advising and mentoring sessions are just a part of a larger story that includes making connections with supportive campus programming and introductory classes that are designed to foster your success as you begin your chosen areas of study.

In your sophomore year, you can continue to participate in advising and mentoring sessions in which you enroll by selecting the topic that interests you most each semester. These sessions are led by a wide range of instructors (including your academic advisor), and they all take a different approach to subjects and skills that complement your academic work and guide your progress (on everything from selecting majors and choosing Channels to securing internships and exploring possibilities for study abroad).

You receive one unit of academic credit for participating in this two-year AMP opportunity, but we think you will find its value is worth much more than that. It’s our way of helping you help yourself—because we have your back and are at your side right from the first day.

The Advising Relationship

As a student and advisee, you have the following responsibilities:

  • to engage actively and intentionally in planning your educational trajectory;
  • to develop an academic plan that achieves breadth and depth in the liberal arts, and to reevaluate that plan regularly in light of your developing interests and skills;
  • to seek advice or referral from your advisor and others when you have academic, career, or personal concerns;
  • to prepare for and attend all advising appointments and workshops;
  • to strengthen your ability to make thoughtful, well-informed choices, and to take responsibility for your own academic and personal decisions.

Your AMP advisor will endeavor:

  • to assist you in designing your educational trajectory;
  • to help you reflect upon, develop, and implement a strategy for achieving your academic, career, and personal goals;
  • to connect you with other resources on campus that can help you to address specific academic, career, and personal concerns;
  • to make all reasonable efforts to be able to meet with you when you request an appointment;
  • to support and stimulate your capacity to make informed decisions, to negotiate difficulties, and to take responsibility for and learn from the consequences of your actions and choices.

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