September 2012-2013 Newsletter
Dear A&S Class of 2016:
Greetings from the Academic Advising Center and welcome to Boston College for the first semester! Please be sure to note the important information below about procedures to follow if you are considering certain academic options, programs, and upcoming events.
Associate Dean and Director
Each first year student in A&S has an academic advisor, who is either a faculty member or a senior administrator who works under the aegis of the Academic Advising Center. In so far as possible, students and advisors are matched according to intellectual and personal interests. If you are enrolled in a Cornerstone Topic Seminar, Courage to Know, or in a specially designated section of Perspectives or the First Year Writing Seminar, the course instructor will also be your advisor.
Many of you have already met your advisor at the Pre-Major Advising Lunch held during Welcome Week. Your advisor will expect to keep in touch with you throughout your first undergraduate year. Your advisor will help you to think strategically about your long-range academic plans, encouraging you to keep open options important to you so that you are prepared to take best advantage of opportunities like study abroad or research grants or internships in the coming months and years.
You and your advisor should touch base frequently, especially early in the fall semester as you get a sense of your interests and of how your fall courses are going. Your advisor can best support you if he or she hears from you about any developing interests you hope to pursue, or about any concerns you have as you submit your first papers or experience your first university-level midterm exams.
In mid-fall, your advisor will receive your “Degree Audit” and the registration access code which you will need in order to register for spring classes. You must schedule a specific meeting with your advisor during the advising and registration period, to talk about your plans for spring and to receive your access code. It’s your responsibility to arrange a registration advising meeting with your assigned advisor: be sure to do so!
Class Attendance / Study Time
Professors expect attendance at every class whether or not they state that expectation on the syllabus. In addition, assignments are structured to demand two to three hours of outside preparation, for each class hour. Class participation is also very important, both because in many courses the amount and quality of your participation factors into your grade, and because engaging in class discussion allows you to test your ideas and your understanding of concepts presented in class or in readings. Use hours in between classes for study; don't leave all study for evening hours. Get an early start on papers. These are major keys to academic success.
IMPORTANT: If you are in the Infirmary or hospital, please alert the Center so that we may notify your professors. Serious illness (documented by an Infirmary note or doctor's note) and serious emergency situations (death in the family, etc.) are the ONLY absences for which we will issue a note to professors. All other absences from classes are a matter for the student to work out with the professor/s involved.
Your @bc.edu Email
The college and your individual instructors will address important communications to you at your @bc.edu email account, and so that communications from you can readily be identified, you are expected to communicate with faculty and staff members and with administrative offices using your Boston College username and your @bc.edu email account. You are responsible for checking your @bc.edu account regularly. The Academic Advising Center will also notify you of our programs electronically, so please read your email!
First Year Experience Programs
Staff members in the Office of First Year Experience join in welcoming you to Boston College. We hope your first few days at Boston College have met or exceeded your expectations. Our office is a resource for you and we encourage you to drop by if we can be of assistance. The first year of college life is full of challenges and questions and no one expects you to face everything on your own. We hope you will choose to participate fully in the life of the campus and if you need any help along the way we are located in Brock House at 78 College Road (x 2-3281).
Extracular Activities / Volunteer Programs
An important component of your Boston College educational experience is involvement in extracurricular activities and volunteer programs. Since Jesuit education is "Education for Others," Boston College provides many programs for service. The Pulse Program, the Faith, Peace and Justice Program, the Appalachian Spring Break Volunteer Trip, and Amnesty International, are among the many opportunities you may choose for service. Investigate these and other programs as you make your decision to get the most out of your education--spiritually, intellectually, and socially. May the thought of being a "person for others" inspire you in these three dimensions of your Boston College education.
PRE-MED FRESHMAN MEETING Thursday, Sept. 6, 5:15pm, McGuinn 121
Freshmen and Transfer Students interested in Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine and other health professions are encouraged to attend. The Freshman Advising Packet will be distributed .
STUDENT INVOLVEMENT FAIR Friday, Sept. 7, 11:00am-4:00pm, Linden Lane
Join Boston College student clubs and organizations!
STUDY ABROAD FAIR Wednesday, Sept. 19 Conte Forum, 6:00 to 8:00 pm
FRESHMAN CONVOCATION Thursday, Sept 13, 7:00 p.m. Conte Forum. Keynote speaker, Dan Barry, author of Let Bottom of the 33rd. First year students attend a barbecue and assemble for procession before the event. For more information, see www.bc.edu/fye or call 617-552-3281.
PRE-LAW PROGRAMS & ACTIVITIES:
All announcements for BC Pre Law events including the special programs for first year students, visits to campus by law school representatives, and general pre-law presentations will be sent via e-mail to everyone who is registered as Pre-Law through Student Services.
Anyone from any major can register as a pre-law student. There are no prerequisites or required courses.
Visit the Career Center’s Pre - Law web site, Applying to Law School http://www.bc.edu/offices/careers/gradschool/law.html for detailed information about preparing for law school as an undergraduate.
Professors and Pastries
Throughout the coming academic year the Academic Advising Center will co-host with the academic departments and other advising resources at BC a series of events open to all students and intended to give them the opportunity to meet and talk informally with faculty drawn from a range of academic disciplines. The topics listed below for each date are subject to change and new dates may be added, so please check the Academic Advising Center’s website to verify the topic for a specific date.
All events will be in the Fulton Honors Library 3:30PM---5:00PM
Dates are confirmed: Topics Provisional
Wednesday October 3rd
Life Sciences & the Health Professions
Thursday October 11th
How to Succeed in Business with a Liberal Arts Degree
Wednesday October 17th
Study of the Humanities and Preparing for the Law
Wednesday October 24th
Living Ethically and Contributing Socially
Wednesday October 31st
Studying Working and Living Abroad
Wednesday December 5th
Holiday Edition: The Fine and Performing Arts