Sophomore FAQs

What is the difference between my faculty advisor in my major and a developmental advisor?

Your faculty advisor can help you with course selection, academic and career exploration, internships, and expert content exploration. They also have the permission to clear you for registration after you have met with them. 

A developmental advisor can help you get engaged on campus, facilitate your relationship with your faculty advisor and suggest other helpful personnel at Bellarmine.

Why should I see an advisor?

Advisors help students develop plans for a major, match personal strengths and interests with opportunities in the University curriculum, understand and complete requirements, explore career options within majors, connect with campus resources, and develop a sense of purpose in your undergraduate education.

How often should I meet with my advisor?

Your relationship with your advisor will be what you make it. Schedule an appointment with your advisor as soon as you return to campus as a sophomore. Send an email and introduce yourself to your faculty advisor and give them specific dates and times that you can meet in the month of September. Plan to meet with him/her at least three times during each semester.

What if my advisor is away or cannot be reached?

Contact Amy Siegel (asiegel@bellarmine.edu or 502.272.8289) or any of the developmental advisors in the Academic Resource Center: Andrew Schroeder (aschroeder@bellarmine.edu), Lindsey Peetz-Murray (lpeetz@bellarmine.edu) and Erin Burke (eburke@bellarmine.edu).

Any of these advisors can help you with your immediate question or with any concerns you might have.

How can an advisor help me plan for a career as a professional?

Advisors will work with you to determine your goals and interests as they relate to your education and out-of-class opportunities available to you. Advisors will connect you with other student resources on campus that can enhance networking opportunities. Experiences gained in service learning, study abroad, internships, and with alumni mentors are a few of many examples available for students.

Do I have to declare a major in "x" to get a job in "y"?

No, you do not.  Some degrees are career specific (i.e. accounting usually leads to a career as an accountant) but other degrees can lead to jobs in unrelated fields (i.e. a degree in English could lead to a job in the business field).  Picking a major is about your interests while in college as well as potential career interests.  Think of your time in a specific major as a way learn about specific content in a field and a way to sharpen your intellectual skills: writing, critical thinking, time management, presentation skills, and holistic development.  As a sophomore it is not too late to change your major- just be sure to map out a plan with an advisor along the way.

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