Advising Resources

University Advising Center for SMU Pre-Majors

The mission of the University Advising Center (UAC) is to partner with pre-major students as they navigate their academic interests and requirements and develop independent informed decision-making skills.

All entering SMU students are assigned an advisor in the UAC. However, for students in the University Honors Program, and students majoring in the engineering and the fine arts (music, art, theatre, and dance), the UAC will provide specialized academic advising due mainly to the specific and rigorous academic demands of those programs. The UAC also provides students interested in the pre-health and pre-law programs with specialized pre-professional advising, which supplements the one-on-one relationship each student develops with his or her assigned advisor.

1)  What are your academic interests?

My majors are music (BA, piano) and English with a Creative Writing Specialization, and I’m pre-med. I’m also considering minors in Spanish and Public Policy/International Affairs. I’m sort of spread all over the place as far as interests go, but I’m interested on the creative side in writing poetry and, to a more limited extent, fiction.  I particularly enjoy reading modern to contemporary American poetry and fiction, and I’m also interested in the historical and contemporary interplay between music and literature. I love chemistry, and outside of class I delight in discussing/debating topics of all sorts with my friends after ballroom dance practice.

 

 

2)  What’s the best advice you’ve ever received about college?

I think the two best pieces of advice about college I’ve ever received are “don’t let the books get in the way of your education” and “don’t do anything too stupid.” The former is from my dad, the latter from Prof. Kobylka. Of course, it’s good to remember that the books are important too, because they certainly are. About life, I’ve always liked this one: “make yourself happy—screw what other people think.”

 

 

3) What’s the most widespread myth you’ve heard about academics at SMU?

That there’s not an academic culture at SMU (i.e. that everyone just parties and doesn’t really care about academics). There’s certainly a thriving social scene here, but there’s also a really vibrant and fun intellectual, artistic, and overall academic atmosphere. You just have to want to be a part of it—it doesn’t always advertise itself like Greek life does.

 

 

4) Have you ever pony upped so high that you didn’t know how to get down? Follow up: what’s the worst question you’ve ever been asked?

Absolutely. The last time I did this (it tends to happen quite often; what can I say, I just get carried away sometimes…) they actually had to get a crane to bring me back to safety. But hey, I made the Dallas Morning News, so I’m not complaining. ;)

Believe it or not, I don’t think that last one qualifies as the absolute worst question I’ve ever been asked. That honor would have to go to “What’s your major?” because at this point in my life I’ve had to answer it many more times than I have the modesty to admit.

1)  What are your academic interests?

My academic interests, in terms of majors, are psychology and fashion media. I’m also pursuing a minor in French. Outside of that, I’ve always loved areas where you can be more creative, like English and art, and I love studying Greek mythology. Ultimately, I want to help improve the quality of life for people with mental illnesses as a clinical psychologist, maybe in a French-speaking country.

 

 

2)  What’s the best advice you’ve ever received about college?

Everyone stresses the importance of going to office hours, and I have to say they’re right. Besides getting help with a subject or someone to write you a letter of recommendation, your professor may be the coolest person ever; go in and say hi!

My dad has always told me to do what makes me happy, and I really take this advice to heart. Why do anything if it doesn’t contribute to your happiness in the long-run?

 

 

3) What’s the most widespread myth you’ve heard about academics at SMU?

Never fall for the “blow-off class” myth. From what I’ve seen, there are no blow-off classes here. Also, some of the coolest people on campus are Meadows majors, don’t fall for the #CoxorDie hype! (Nothing against Cox though, much love to Cox. 😊)

 

 

4) Have you ever pony upped so high that you didn’t know how to get down? Follow up: what’s the worst question you’ve ever been asked?

Ummmm… I can’t really think of a single one, but the worst collection of questions I’ve ever been asked are probably the items on one of those random “Which character’s pet from Random Show would be your pet’s bestie?” Buzzfeed quizzes. I probably waste as much time on those as the next person, but lately they’ve been getting a bit ridiculous, I must admit…