Indiana University (IU) has a long history with basketball. This March Madness was different not because IU was a contender, but because of the spotlight put on the academic advisors. It’s a tradition that on Senior Night, every single senior thanked their academic advisors for helping them do well in their studies and getting them to graduation and this year was no exception. Also, one of the juniors, Victor Oladipo, and his advisor were interviewed by the Indianapolis Star. Click here to read the article (there is a video, but the article tells the advising story).
I sent this article to an advisor/colleague and she emailed me saying “How cool would it be to advise those guys?” to which I responded, “I feel the same about the guys I advise”. I advise mostly males in the Engineering and Technology programs on my campus. I honestly look forward to going to work each day and being around such bright, intelligent, focused young men is inspiring and rewarding. My students won’t be joining the NBA like Oladipo, but I have no doubt that some will leave their mark on the world as they have on my life. Shouldn’t we all feel blessed to be difference-makers and academic supports to the students we serve? I think so.