I've been there. I've sat with the young man in my office who needs advising.
He's struggling in his classes because he's struggling to get himself out of bed and into am 8:00am class that he doesn't understand. And he's not motivated to attend the class because he stayed up until 2:00am that morning gaming with his new roommate, the one who stopped going to *his* 8:00am class three weeks ago.
As an advisor, as an academic consultant, the initial answers are quite clear, but as a professor at the university, I have mixed allegiances.
Of course, I am fully committed to the success of the student, who must make some difficult changes in his day-to-day habits immediately. But what if those necessary changes begin to work against the interests of the school he's attending? What if the dropping of a class or a changing of a major will jeopardize a college program already under administrative scrutiny? Advising from inside the school gives me many advantages, but it also provides some questions as to who benefits most from my counsel: The student or the school?
At Mind the Gap, we aim to offer seasoned academic consulting services, familiar with the internal dynamics of a college or university setting, but free from vested interests. We can focus solely on the well-being of the student, without strings attached. We don't get kickbacks from any schools to cloud our vision.
When we consult with you, we are already fully invested in Team You. No other mascot can compete.
Blessings! - c