Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Words to Remember . . .

For many incoming freshmen, NSO was a bit of a blur of meeting new people, moving from activity to activity, and being introduced to a HUGE amount of new information.

What should you remember? 

Undergraduate Advising believes that if you remember two words,
BE PROACTIVE, you'll be on the right track.  Remember to:
  • take initiative,
  • be responsible (starting NOW),
  • get connected with people who can assist you,
  • get involved (in a balanced way), and
  • know when and where to ask for help. 
Here's how one student responded to that advice from the Dean:
"Being Proactive" is something that I will definitely remember from the Dean. It will help to display character, not only to my advisor, but also my professors and anyone who is associated with my activities here at UMass.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

New Student Orientations Wrapping Up

With one final freshman orientation and three transfer orientations to go, the incoming UMass Amherst students will soon have had their opportunity to set their schedules for fall. 

Within a week or two after the end of orientation sessions, any seats that have been held for new students should be released.  If you had your eye on a course you couldn't get into, keep watching SPIRE (many students, when hoping to get into a full course, discipline themselves to check SPIRE for the class every time they check Facebook!).  Grab a seat, if you can, and only DROP a course if you're positive you won't want/need it.  If you don't have space in your schedule to simply add the class and consult with an advisor about what you should drop, use the SWAP function, to make sure you don't lose both the hoped-for course and the one you had secured.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

SPIRE Refresher Tutorial

Now that registration has ended, and most of you are enjoying what's left of summer break, keep in mind that if you need to make changes to your Fall 2011 schedules that you watch the SPIRE Refresher Tutorial for tips and advice on how to make appropriate changes -and- Remember, when in doubt contact your academic advisor or college advising center. If you need help figuring out who to contact please call the Undergraduate Advising Office at (413)545-2191 and we will provide you with contact information.

See You Back In The Fall...

Friday, July 1, 2011

Closed for the 4th

In honor of Independence Day, the Undergraduate Advising Office - and UMass Amherst -
will be closed on Monday, July 4th. 

Have a happy and safe 4th of July!