My name is Avery Hennigar, and I am a Public Health and Psychology double major graduating in 2015. I am also a member of the Citizen Scholars Program, a Spinning instructor at the Rec Center, and a new Commonwealth Honors College Communications Assistant.
Since coming to UMass Amherst, I know I have had times where my head is full of questions about my major, my requirements, and the best way to get involved on campus. If you are a first year student, or even in your third year at UMass like me, you may still not know the best place to get your questions answered—UMass is a BIG campus after all. Here are some resources available to you as a UMass Amherst student:
1. Peer Advising
As a former Public Health Peer Advisor, I have seen the benefit of peer advising first hand. If sometimes you feel like you just want to talk to someone who knows where you have been and can sympathize with your situation, go see a peer advisor! Some majors on campus (like public health, communication, and all majors in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences) have peer advisors as well as the Commonwealth Honors College. If you are nervous to go see an academic advisor, going to see a peer advisor is a great first step!
2. Honors Academic Advising
If you are a Commonwealth Honors College student, there are honors academic advisors who can answer any questions about your honors requirements. They are available in the new CHC Residential Community on the 2nd floor of the Commonwealth Honors College building.
3. Undeclared Academic Advising
If you are an undeclared student, definitely check out Academic Advising because there are advisors just for you. They are located in 613 Goodell and hold drop-In hours, from 10:30-11:30 am and 3:00-4:00 pm. These advisors are there to help you find which major best suits you and can answer any questions you may have about any one of the many majors UMass offers. They also have a very informative blog that offers very pertinant information for undeclared studetns.
4. Major Advisors
Every one of the 90+ majors at UMass has an advising department. Take a look at your major’s website and either send your question in an email to your advisor or make an appointment to meet with them in person.
5. 10th Floor of DuBois Library
Did you know that there is a Learning Resource Center on the 10th Floor of the W.E.B. DuBois Library? They have free tutoring for almost every class offered at UMass. Sometimes just getting that extra bit of help can really make the difference! Check out the tutoring schedule to find when a tutor is available for your class.
6. Nutrition Advising at the Rec Center
The Rec Center's Wellness Center offers free nutrition advising for undergraduate students. Whether you eat in the dining hall or live off campus and cook for yourself, the nutrition advisors will give you tips and tricks to eat and live healthier!
Don’t be afraid to check out these resources. They are here just for YOU!