Advising against critical thinking?

by Andrea Costal

After reading the article about CLA’s proposal for creating more revenue, I was very disturbed. The proposal seems inconsistent with the values of the University. It seems as if it is discouraging the educational growth of students and I hope they seriously reconsider this proposal. This article also brought up an issue that that has been plaguing me for the past five years of my college career, and that is the advising system. I am graduating in May, and for the last month or so I have been doing a lot of reflecting on the choices I made in my college education. What would I have done different? What did I like? What didn’t I like? But most importantly, how can I voice these comments in a productive way? I feel like one of the biggest things I would like changed is the advising system. Advisors are not well enough informed to be advising students about cross college course offerings, or anything else regarding the other colleges. This is problematic. Instead of CLA putting forth proposals that will steer students away from critical thinking and educational exploration, they should be providing more training for advisors and encourage them to let students embrace cross college experiences if they so choose. Andrea Costal University undergraduate student