All freshmen at Carthage are assigned a First Year Advisor. First Year Advisors facilitate each freshman student’s successful entry and academic and social transition to Carthage. Advisors function as cultural navigators, helping each student transition to Carthage.
First Year Advisors are full-time professionals who offer comprehensive services and support. They help students schedule classes, improve the quality of their academic performance, improve interpersonal relationships, and manage co-curricular and extracurricular activities. First Year Advisors also work with students to create long-term academic and career plans.
First Year Advisors are located in the Student Success Center on the main level of the Todd Wehr Center.
First Year Transition
During their first year of college, students move through three stages: Separation, Transition and Incorporation.
Separation Stage: Moving Away from Home
For some students, the experience of moving away from the familiar environment of home can be traumatic. Students can become homesick in this stage. They may continually contact home and friends. They may desire to go back home, and once there, be reluctant to return to school. This stage can be longer and more severe for some students than others. It is important that students get support and have patience as they work through this stage. Students who do not live on campus also experience separation. Although the transition from high school to college can be difficult for students, most eventually are able to move to the second stage, transition.
Transition Stage: Where Do I Belong?
During this stage, students are torn between their old environments and their new one. They may not feel like they belong in their old settings, but have yet to find their place in the new one. Students may go home for a break and realize they have changed, and that their friends have changed. This stage can help students become prepared for the last stage, incorporation.
Incorporation Stage: Fully Involved, Fully Invested
In this stage, students develop full membership into the social and academic communities of the institution. They are invested into the school. They develop close ties with other students and may become reluctant to go home.
Students may move backward and forward through these stages, depending on events in their lives. But once they achieve the incorporation stage, they are unlikely to digress to the other stages for very long.
Beyond the First Year
Sophomores, juniors and seniors who have declared their majors are assigned a faculty advisor in that major. Faculty advisors work to further develop the students’ academic and career plans.