CLASS Advisement Center Newsletter                                                          March 2016
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Advisor Spotlight
Brandon Solie - Bachelor of General Studies advisor

A native of Soperton, GA, Brandon is an alumni of Georgia Southern University, earning a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management in 2011. Brandon knew he wanted to be a part of the university system, and discovered a passion for student services when learning more about campus departments. A former employee of the Procurement Office at Georgia Southern, Brandon joins the CLASS advisement team excited to assist students in their academic endeavors as well as challenging them to think about "life after college." He is currently enrolled in the Master of Education in Higher Education Administration program at the University. Brandon says he enjoys volunteering at his local church, working out, watching movies, and riding horses.

Brandon's office is located in the CLASS Advisement Center, Carroll Building, Room 2244.

While fall classes are still nearly 6 months away, registration for those classes begins in less than a week! The registration schedule is based on student classification, with seniors starting one day, followed by juniors the next day, and so on, until registration is available to all students. If students are unsure of their registration times, they can check their time slots in their WINGS accounts.

Georgia Southern has mandatory advisement every semester, and students cannot register for fall classes until they have been advised and received their Registration Access Number (RAN) from their advisor. By this point in the semester, the majority of students should have met with their advisor at least once.

Registration is open until mid-May, and then again during certain weeks in the summer, but students should make every effort to register for classes as early as possible. Why? Seats are limited and classes do reach capacity, some as early as the first week of registration. The students who have no sense of urgency because they have plenty of time are often the ones who struggle to create a full schedule, do not get the classes they want or need the most, and are not pleased with the times of their classes. For students who have restrictive schedules due to working or other obligations, getting their preferred classes is even more important. Furthermore, some majors require that students take classes in a certain order and missing out on a class now could throw off the entire sequence of a student's graduation plan.

Bearing in mind the importance of registration, we hope students return from Spring Break well-rested and eager to hop on their computers and start planning for next semester! 

Career Services
An important resource available to all Georgia Southern students is the Office of Career Services. Many students think of this as the place to go senior year when it's time to apply for jobs. Unfortunately, students who wait until senior year to visit Career Services will be missing the majority of the benefits available through this center. Students can start visiting Career Services as early as freshman year! Career self-assessments and exploration, discussed with a designated career specialist, is just one way that students can get a jump-start on the path to their future careers!

Each academic college has a career development specialist in Career Services who works only with students in that college. For CLASS, Theresa Duggar fills this role.  Theresa has her Bachelor's in Business Administration in Marketing and her Master's in Higher Education Administration. She has worked with college students in various areas across campus, such as academic advising, student activities, leadership and residential life. When asked how she would describe her role within Career Services, Theresa had this to say:
"In Career Services I serve as a resource for students and alumni.  My hope is to connect CLASS students and alumni with the opportunities they are interested in pursuing.  I can assist students in their resume and cover letter creation, as well as their job or internship search.  Additionally, I can provide information on how to request letters of reference for graduate school applications and in researching graduate programs that are of importance to the student.  Essentially, if it is not something I can do myself, I will be sure to connect the student to someone on campus who can assist."

Career Services also offers academic courses - GSU: 2121 Career Exploration and GSU 2122: Professional Development Seminar. These courses are worth 2 credit hours each and could count toward students' required free electives for their degree. Students can learn more about these classes and how they would count toward their degrees by talking with their advisor
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Carroll Building, 2244
Statesboro, GA 30458