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College & Career Training in Alaska

Adapting to college life can be challenging. To make the best of your experience rely on the “go-to” people who can be a valuable resource to you. There will be a number of people you will meet throughout your college life but a few key people to keep in mind as you start your journey include the following:

  • Academic Advisor- Your academic advisor helps you choose and schedule your classes each semester. You should talk to your advisor either by phone, email, or in person about your education plan, future goals, or major.  One recommendation is to plan out multiple semesters or years’ worth of classes, and meet with them regularly for any updates to new offerings or course changes.
  • Your Professors – Maximize your academic experience by connecting with your professors before, during, and after class. Participate in class and drop by your professors’ office hours if you have more questions. Depending on your institution, faculty this year may be doing virtual office hours, so check your syllabus first. You can also stay in contact with professors via email or by phone.
  • Health Services Staff- Sometimes you just need to go to the nurse. Whether you have an existing health issue or you wake up one day not feeling your best, you should always know where to go get help. It is likely that you may have a “Health Center Fee,” so make the most of it.  
  • Resident Advisor (RA) - If you live on campus, your RA is a walking, talking campus survival guide. RAs live in your residence hall with you and are always available to hang out, grab dinner at the dining center, or just talk. They are also going to be up to date on any changes happening in your residence hall and campus wide.
  • An Upperclassman with the Same Major- Connecting with a junior or senior in your program can help you understand what is ahead. Whether its good news or not-so-good news, someone who has come further along the pathway can offer valuable insights.
  • Career Planning Staff- Starting your future should not wait until graduation. Be sure to stop at the career planning office to explore new or up to the date interview techniques, resume building, networking opportunities, and more!

For more helpful tips about college or career training, check out our College & Career Training in Alaska magazine! If you would like to schedule an appointment to go over your postsecondary options, contact the ACPE Success Center at 907-269-7980.

About the Author

Christina Campbell

Christina Campbell

ACPE: College & Career Specialist

Christina Campbell is a College & Career Specialist with the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education. She has a BS in Journalism and Communications from Eastern New Mexico University, and a Broadcast Meteorology Certification in Geosciences from Mississippi State University. Christina was on the original implementation team that brought College Goal Sunday to Alaska in 2005. 

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