Good Advice

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Senior Academic Advising Professional Carly Page

Academic adviser Carly Page enjoys helping students along their university journey. 

By Micaela Myers 

Senior Academic Advising Professional Carly Page in the Advising Career and Exploratory Studies (ACES) office loves building one-on-one relationships with students as she helps guide them through their academic careers at the University of Wyoming.

“I find connecting with students really rewarding,” says Page, who started out in the registrar’s office in 2018 before becoming an adviser in 2021. “I enjoy helping them find resources and being someone they can come to and confide in for whatever they may need.”

At ACES, Page works with undeclared or exploratory studies students, as well as pre-nursing and other students preparing to apply for specific programs. She also coordinates professional development for advisers across campus.

Students can make the most of their advising by coming prepared and asking questions.

“I would like students to know that it’s a partnership,” Page says. “The biggest thing is don’t be afraid to ask questions. Your adviser is there to help guide you and provide resources, but as a student, you need to come prepared. Bring your academic goals or classes you want to take, and meet the adviser halfway. The more students put into advising, the more they get out of it.”

That partnership begins before students even arrive on campus. Page recommends that new students explore UW’s website, so they get to know the academic offerings as well as other resources and opportunities.

As the semester approaches, be aware of your registration time, and make advising appointments early. “The sooner you schedule your appointment, the sooner we can talk about your classes,” she says. “If you wait to schedule, the classes you want may not be available.”

As a student, share with your adviser any concerns you have or challenges you are facing. Advisers are well versed in the resources available at UW and can connect you with the right people and programs.

Students shouldn’t worry if they aren’t sure what major or field they want to study as freshman. That first year is a great time to explore, and ACES advisers are there to help.

“I don’t want students to be scared to choose undeclared,” Page says. “It opens a lot of doors and opportunities. Choosing undeclared lets students determine what they enjoy.”

You can read more about Page’s advice for choosing a major here.

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