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Advising Corner: Q & A with Professor Michael Paul

Professor Mike Paul

Professor Michael Paul, PhD | Faculty Advisor  

Professor Paul has been at Boston College for 24 years, 21 of which have been in the Woods College.  He serves as an Academic Advisor and Faculty member, teaching one history course/semester.

Q. What is the best part of serving as an Academic Advisor at the Woods College?

A. The best part of being an academic advisor in the Woods College is being able to help our students as they progress through their academic career.  When students come in to the Woods College, they are often unsure of exactly what it is they hope to achieve.  My role as an advisor to guide those students down a path that will lead to ultimate success. The key is always focusing on the students. Students are my prime priority, both as a teacher and as an advisor.  I am determined to do whatever I can to help students along their path to achieving the lofty aim of graduating with a degree from Boston College.   

Q: How would a student make the best use of his or her advisor at the Woods College?

A. When any student is accepted into the Woods College, he or she is automatically assigned an academic advisor.  My advice is that students always, always, strive to meet their advisor at least once a semester.  That way students and advisors can forge a link so that the further the student goes in their academic career, the more the advisor can tailor the program and curriculum to the needs of the individual student.  This can only be done if students meet their advisor on a regular basis, either in person or by phone.  Don't be afraid to talk to your advisor.  If you don't know who your advisor is, please just call the main office at the Woods College - 617.552.3900.  I hope students understand that advisors are ready, willing and able to help their students.  All you need to do is ask!

Q. How can you help students if they are having trouble in a class? 

A. This is where the advisor can be your best friend! Remember that you probably won't be the first student to experience difficulty in class.  Your advisor has experience in charting a way through difficult situations. Speak to your advisor and, together, we can try to navigate a way through the problem. Remember: a problem shared, is a problem halved.  In the end, I cannot stress strongly enough how important it is to maintain contact with your advisor throughout your academic career. Also, meeting with your advisor can be fun! (See Pizza Social to the right).