Third Week Newsletter

MACademics

RESOURCES RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER

Faculty Advisor - Your faculty advisor begins as your First Year Course instructor. Try to take full advantage of their expertise. Your advisor is a great resource about what courses to take, graduation requirements, selecting and registering for courses, and institutional and community resources.

Your FYC faculty is your advisor until you chose your major, when you can be assigned an advisor within that major or program. Don't worry about not knowing your major. Most students do not choose their major until spring semester of their first year or some time during the sophomore year. When you do declare a major, if you already have a strong connection with your current advisor, it is your choice which advisor you would prefer. More information about academic advising can be found here.

Disability Services -Lisa Landreman, the Associate Dean of Students, is responsible for assisting students with disabilities, whether they are:

  • Physical
  • Psychological
  • Learning
  • Medical
  • Other cognitive disabilities that affect academic or personal lives at Mac

We provide students with disabilities equal access to all the courses, services, programs, job activities and facilities available through the college. Although the transition from high school to college is a challenge for any student, college life can pose unique challenges for students with disabilities. Any student with a disability or anyone who would like to learn more should contact the Office of Student Affairs early in the semester to schedule a meeting with Lisa Landreman. You can reach the office by calling (651) 696-6220. More information can be found here.

Academic Programs Office - The Academic Programs Office is at the center of a wide-range of student activities that span all four years. 
The Academic Programs Office is responsible for coordinating:

  • First-Year courses
  • Faculty advisement
  • Support for students experiencing academic difficulty
  • Macalester's Honors Program
  • National scholarship nominations

 

Office of Student Affairs - Navigating college can sometime feel confusing and overwhelming. The Office of Student Affairs is responsible for overseeing many of the critical services that support students to get the most out of their time at Macalester. Members of our staff are a good source of information about college resources and policies. Jim Hoppe, the Dean of Students, and Lisa Landreman, the Associate Dean of Students, are available to:

  • Listen to students' questions and concerns
  • Assist students in their understanding of campus policies, procedures, and expectations
  • Assist with conflict resolution between students and other members of the college or larger community
  • Help determine which office, person, or campus resource a student should work with to get questions answered and/or resolve issues.

 

DeWitt Wallace Library - The library help desk is here to help you find every conceivable library resource, and they are glad to help you. Get there early, stay late. Study rooms fill up early.

The MAX Center - The Macalester Academic Excellence Center (MAX Center) offers free group and individual assistance to anyone in:

  • Mathematics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Writing
  • General learning skills
  • Time management
  • And various other topics

Visit the MAX Center on the 1st floor of Kagin Commons or call 651-696-6121 to schedule an appointment.

Career Development Center - It's never too early to connect with the Career Development Center (CDC)!
Macalester faculty and staff are committed to ensuring that you have a rich and fulfilling college experience that will give you ample opportunity to be successful in the future. The CDC is a great resource for helping you to choose a major and do some career planning in your first few months on campus. When you're ready to start thinking about how to prepare for life after college, the CDC offers a wide range of services including alumni networking, mock interviews, resume and personal statement reviews, and career assessment testing. 

An easy way to track services, opportunities, and odds and ends of career news is to simply "like" the CDC Facebook pageand/or join the Macalester Career Connections LinkedIn group (a subgroup of the Macalester College LinkedIn group). If you have any questions about what to do next, head to the CDC located in Kagin Commons.

MAC 101--THE STUDENT PERSPECTIVE

"Take your academics seriously, but also be sure to give yourself some time for non-academic experiences, relaxation, and sleep. If you only study all the time, you'll exhaust yourself. Take some time out to be with friends, go to events on or off campus, and get sleep. The point of college is to learn, but that learning doesn't just happen in the classroom." - Niko Martell ('13)

"Sometimes the most unexpected spots on campus can be the best for studying if you need to be by yourself. Library feel crowded? Head to a comfy chair in the Leonard Center. Upstairs Campus Center too distracting? Check out the basement." - Bea Rendon ('13)

"Don't be afraid to approach professors for class advice, help, or just to talk." - Fernanda Canessa ('15)

 

PLACES TO STUDY....INSTEAD OF YOUR ROOM

  • Library
  • Campus Center
  • Olin Rice
  • Kagin Commons
  • 4th Floor Old Main
  • Leonard Center (inside or out)
  • CRSL Basement
  • Open Classrooms
  • Gender and Sexuality Resource Center
  • Caribou Coffee
  • Dupre/Doty/Wallace Formal Lounge
  • The Link
  • Outside

Campus Center Outside Olin Rice

CRSL Old Main Formal Lounge

Open Classroom Library Leonard Center Kagin Commons

 

YOUR BLOG QUESTIONS FOR THE WEEK

  • What are your classes like?
  • Are they what you expected? Does studying look/feel the same as it did in high school?
  • What has been your greatest achievement? What has been your greatest struggle?
  • What is the most valuable thing you've learned thus far?

SOCIAL MEDIA: An Academic Approach

  • Did you read something interesting in class? Tweet a link or share it on your news feed on Facebook. Social media is a great way to help your friends and family stay connected with what you are learning at Mac.
  • Have you checked if your professors use Twitter? It is a great networking resource, and it may be useful in connecting with faculty and staff at Mac.
  • Follow news sites, both national and local, on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date on recent stories.
  • Are you a part of a student organization? Do they have a Facebook or Twitter? If they do, make sure you connect via social media. If not, be the one to start the trend!