I’m currently working out my next semester in college, and trying to decide if I really should stick with Mathematics as my major. I have a friend who works as a transcript evaluator for a working student university, and she told me that college advisors try to be as little help as possible, since mistakes on the students’ part makes the college money. What she said seems to ring true for me, since:
[li]In community college:[/li][ol]
[li]As a new student, no advisor would offer much help when I was trying to decide on a major, not even so much as testing me to see what my strengths and weaknesses were.[/li][li]At one point when I decided I wanted to pursue the medical field, I was told to take classes which I ended up not needing to take.[/li][li]Upon deciding to take my academic planning into my own hands, I was given completely incorrect information as to which courses would transfer, which is a surprise, since my community college has more experience with student transfers to the university I wanted than any other. The incorrect information required me to attend the community college for another semester to catch up.[/li][/ul]
[li]I was given no orientation, no instruction on academic policies and procedures, and no advisement on schedule planning, even though I went to appointments with three different advisors. When a surprise policy came out of nowhere, I was told, “Well, you’re just supposed to know that.” I was given no agenda to set myself up as a student there (e.g., student ID cards, enrollment documents, course registration, etc.). I had to ask each office I got to, “Where do I go next?”[/li][li]No assistance was given when I reached out to get help while struggling in a class. I had to do my own research to find out what the school offered in terms of tutoring and study groups (which turned out to be minimal).[/li][/ol]
Seems to me like college policy is to misdirect students so they pay additional fees and take additional classes. I don’t want to believe that our intellectual institutions would be so insidious, but my friend seems to have the inside scoop. Is it true?