Getting Acclimated

The Second Tuesday meeting is an opportunity for first-year students to meet their primary advisor and become acclimated with their major. 

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

When: The second Tuesday of the semester at 4 p.m..

Why: The primary goal is to give first-year students an opportunity to meet their primary advisor early in the semester.

The Academic Success Center will centrally organize this endeavor. This includes the marketing with faculty and students.  The individual schools and departments will coordinate the virtual Zoom meetings for advisors and advisees.  

Please note the following:

  • At 4 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the fall semester, faculty who have first-year advisees will meet with a group of their advisees. These meetings can run from 20 - 40 minutes at the discretion of the faculty advisor.
  • This year this meeting will take place virtually via Zoom.
  • Students will be emailed their Zoom invitation by their major’s department.   
  • The Second Tuesday First Year Advising Meeting serves as an opportunity for advisors to:
    • introduce themselves and the major
    • set the tone of their advising relationship ( ie. Responsibilities of each party)
    • create a warm and welcoming environment
    • create a point of contact - especially helpful for students at increased risk
    • make it clear how advisors are not HS guidance counselors
    • start off the relationship NOT with course scheduling as the focus
    • present other information as the advisor deems appropriate
    • make the personal connection that may be the reason why the student sticks with a certain major 
  • While most students will meet directly with their faculty advisor for the whole time, departments and schools are free to adjust how the event takes place. For instance, one department may choose to spend the first 15 minutes with all new majors in one place with all department members and then break out into groups by advisor. The default will be that students meet as a group only with their specific faculty advisor.  

More Information
Diane Shaw, Associate Dean of Student Success
shawd@merrimack.edu | 978-837-5146