Honors Advising Guidelines

The Valdosta State University Honors College offers students an extraordinary undergraduate experience through thought-provoking coursework, engaging activities, and academic advising that meets you where you are and guides you through rewarding experiences that result in the ability to tell the story of who you are and what you have to offer future employers. Each student brings a unique set of goals, interests, and experiences to their academic journey. We can help you pull your unique skill sets together into a personalized plan that is less about checking off boxes and more about creating meaningful experiences that connect and build on each other to help you achieve goals and prepare for your future.

VSU Honors advisors offer guidance related to Honors requirements; we do not replace your primary major advisor. We help identify Honors learning experiences within your major that capitalize upon developing your skills, exploring your interests, and preparing for your future goals. Participation in Honors advising is mandatory to remain in good standing with the program. Honors students are required to meet with their Honors advisor at least once each semester to ensure they remain on track to complete all Honors requirements.

Create an account to schedule an appointment:

  1. Go to the VSU home page
  2. Select the MYVSU link on the top right-hand side
  3. Log in using your VSU email and password
  4. on the right-hand side, select Advising Appointment Scheduler
  5. Register: Review and complete the New Client Form
  6. Click the "click here" button
  7. Select College of Honors and Exploratory Studies

Making an appointment and walk-in hours:

  1. Select College of Honors and Exploratory Studies, find YOUR advisor's name and view availability
  2. Find your advisor and "walk-ins" next to it for availability
  3. Find your advisor and "appointments" next for appointments

First and Second Year Students

In your first and second years in the Honors College, you should consider the following questions:

  • Are you coming to Honors advising every semester?
  • Are you taking at least one Honors core course or activity per semester?
  • Have you taken Honors 1990, Honors 2010, and Honors 2990?
  • Have you thought about the following key Honors objectives and how to plan to fulfill them?
    • Global experience
    • Honors Options
    • Service Learning
    • Leadership
    • Research
  • Are you thinking about and writing about the connections between your Honors courses activities and your other college experiences? Save this writing and reflection for your Honors e-portfolio.
  • Are you using Honors work as a vehicle through which to traverse, build on, and expand your academic interests and passions?
  • Are you participating in at least one new activity per semester? Are you documenting these experiences in your resume and/or curriculum vitae?

We hope students are going outside their comfort zones and exploring the opportunities available to them in order to gain experience beyond the classroom setting. For example, students should actively consider:

  • Taking on leadership roles
  • Presenting at academic conferences (especially with the Honors College)
  • Volunteering
  • Involvement with the Honors Student Association
  • Collaborating with other students on academic projects

Third and Fourth Year Students

In your third and fourth years in the Honors College, you should consider the following questions:

  • Have you been and are you still coming to Honors advising?
  • Have you completed your Honors core requirements?
  • Are you completing your Honors major course requirements through Honors Options or Experiential learning?
  • Are you aligning yourself to be finished with Honors requirements by the time of your graduation? 
  • Have you fulfilled (or are you finishing up) the following key Honors objectives?
    • Global experience
    • Honors Options
    • Service Learning
    • Leadership opportunities
    • Internships
    • Undergraduate research
  • Have you been reflecting on these experiences and how they have contributed to your overall professional, academic, and personal development? Can you articulate how your involvement in the Honors College has been effective to those ends? You should be writing about your reflections so that you will have artifacts that show evidence of development to place in your e-portfolio.
  • Are you scheduled to complete Honors 3990/9 and Honors 4990 before graduating?
  • Have you filled out the Honors graduation application?

 

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