Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyClass of 2018
The First Year at MIT

Advising: Building and Maintaining the Advising Relationship

It’s important to make a relationship with your advisor and it takes effort and initiative on your part to do so. Few advisors have time to get to know their advisees during registration. So, make appointments throughout the term to talk to your advisor.

Don’t expect your advisor to be like your high school guidance counselor or to help you plan out your entire next four years. S/he can offer you guidance and support during your first year that goes beyond academics. Advisors often share life experiences and help you think through your decisions.

When you meet, tell your advisor about yourself and what you might want/need from him or her during your first year. Get to know your advisor by asking appropriate questions about their background, education and interests. If your advisor invites you to attend a dinner or event with your advising group, make time to participate. These social events are a fun way for you and your advisor to get to know each other.