There is an old adage which states, “Give a person a fish and you will feed him/her for a day; teach a person to fish and you will feed him/her for a lifetime.” Somehow this seems appropriate in describing COSAM’s academic advising philosophy.
We look at academic advising as being an integral part of your educational experience. In that regard, we see ourselves as guides who enable you to make informed and rational choices about many of the life decisions that you will encounter in college. Sometimes students regard their advisor’s office as some sort of kiosk where they are mechanically told what to do. However, we are more concerned about teaching you how to choose the best thing to do, often among an array of attractive choices.
Admittedly, sometimes it is easier just to be told what to do. Perhaps you would rather have your advisor tell you what to take each term rather than saying something like, “Try to fill out your registration form and then we will talk about it.” Or perhaps you would rather be told what teacher to take rather than have a discussion about the qualities of good teaching and the hazards of having a teacher who is not demanding. No doubt, some of you would rather be told about what profession is best for you rather than have us direct you to resources which enable you to make an informed decision.
Yes, fishing can be frustrating particularly when you are inexperienced. Understand, we do not expect you to be good at it until you have had a chance to practice. We will always supply you with lots of help and provide the best equipment to help you make a great catch; you have the potential to become a Bassmaster. In the end, you will be equipped with some great life skills that will be applicable at the many other “fishing holes” you will encounter.
We enjoy working with you. Never hesitate to ask us about anything you do not understand.