Pauline Grégoire is one of the academic advisors at Marianopolis, experts who offer support in all aspects of academic life at the College. Here is what she has to say about how advisors help students as they consider and apply to university.
What is academic advising?
It’s a Marianopolis service that is designed to help students understand and navigate their program at Marianopolis and make informed decisions about what to study in university. We also support students by providing information about the R-Score, university prerequisites and the university application process. Basically, we help students develop strategies for academic success at Marianopolis and university.
How do students connect with academic advisors?
They can schedule a 30-minute meeting with any of the three advisors (Patti McDonald, Mathilde Moley and me) via the Academic Advising Appointments option on the Omnivox student portal. For quick questions, we also have drop-in hours every day so students can meet with us without an appointment. Our drop-in hours are posted outside our offices, in the 300 level F-wing. We share the hall with other learning resources, including: the AccessAbility Services Centre, for students with special needs; the Learning Resources Centre, which provides peer and alumni tutoring; and the Writing Centre, where students can get help with their English and French writing skills.
How many students do you see a year?
We have about 4,000 face-to-face meetings with students in a given year. While some students see us only once, many students return several times throughout their studies at Marianopolis.
What if I want to apply to a U.S. university?
Come see me early in the fall semester because I must complete a portion of the application to universities in the United States.
Are there information sessions?
Yes there are, throughout the year on a range of topics, such as understanding your program at Marianopolis, gaining admission to competitive university programs such as Medicine and Law and writing university admission essays. The dates, times and locations be found on marianopolis.edu and the electronic info bulletin What’s Up. We also welcome university representatives from schools across Quebec, the rest of Canada, the United States and Europe to answer our students’ questions about their programs and the application process. Last year, over 30 universities visited our campus.
Is there anything else that new students should know?
First, don’t be shy — come see us! It can seem intimidating to meet with one of us for the first time but we’re really approachable! A lot of students tell me that meeting with an advisor helped them feel less stressed, more informed and more confident about their academic choices. Second, remember that this is a time for discovery. Take classes that sound interesting to you, even if you don’t have any experience with the subject matter. So many students have told me that they decided on a particular university program after having taken a class, read a book or met a teacher at Marianopolis that introduced them to a field of study they hadn’t known about. Finally, don’t wait until your last semester to start thinking about university. Although you still have plenty of time to make your final decision about where and what you’ll study, use your first year at Marianopolis to learn about programs and schools that might interest you and take the time to attend universities’ open houses and information sessions. We’re happy to meet with you as early as your first semester to discuss your plans for future studies.