Advising's "Ask Me About" Program



by Cory Hopkins | September 2019

Last year Undergraduate Academic Advising introduced a new program to utilize a high-traffic area within Clough—the help desk. The program allows campus staff and faculty to connect with students in an informal and drop-by setting. Sessions typically last 1-2 hours and are available several times throughout the semester. The "Ask Me About" program has already covered a number of topics since its inception a year ago: Social Justice Minor; Studying Abroad; Serve-Learn-Sustain Signature Programs; undergrad research; Neuroscience; Changing your major; opportunities in International Business; the International Plan; Pre-Law; funding for graduate school; registering your co-op/internship; just to name a few.

"The purpose of this project is to provide support to students, answering questions to different topics by holding weekly/bi-weekly discussions at the Clough Help Desk. Advisors, faculty and staff; if applicable, will contribute blocks of information for certain topics for designated discussion days and events will be updated to the institution calendar" said Crystal Fowler, Academic Coordinator for Undergraduate Academic Advising (UAA). "Since the Ask Me About program has launched; advising units have found that students are more engaged with asking questions, and they appreciate the opportunity to interact with the students in this 'One-stop shop' setting. More and more advising units are signing up giving more options of topics to answer more our student’s questions."

Topics coming this fall:

  • SEP 23 & 25: Strengths & Academics
    About: One of the outcomes of Creating the Next in Education (CNE) was a greater focus on whole-person education. Materials, Science, and Engineering (MSE) is using a SPAG grant to develop self- and team-awareness in engineering and other project classes that are already in the curriculum. The personal awareness tool MSE is using, Clifton Strengths, is being used in Project One GT1000 to help first-years discover their strengths using the resource.
  • SEP 24: Biomedical Engineering
    About: The Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University offers exciting and challenging undergraduate degree programs. Students can use this session to learn more about the program.
  • SEP 30 & OCT 10: Material, Sciences & Engineering (MSE) Majors & Minors
    About: MSE is an enabling discipline that focuses on developing processes needed to design and create materials with atomic and molecular scale structures that provide the properties necessary for meeting performance requirements for functions and applications for meeting next generation societal challenges. Students will have a chance to learn about the available majors/minors and how to get involved.
  • OCT 17, NOV 7 & 19: CHBE Change of Major Information Sessions
    About: A degree in Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering prepares students for a wide variety of career or graduate school options. It is both challenging and demanding. Our goal is to enroll those students in this rigorous program who demonstrate both the aptitude and dedication necessary for success. CHBE adheres to the Institute’s Change of Major policies, but has implemented academic advising protocols to ensure that this important decision is in the student’s best interest and provides the foundation for a successful career.
  • OCT 23: History & Sociology
    About: A chance to meet the Interim Dean of IAC, John Tone (who’s a historian)! Explore the Past, Engage the Present, Define the Future–The School of History and Sociology (HSOC) brings the perspective of the social sciences to bear on critical issues facing the modern world, while providing a source of analysis that emphasizes both change over time and cultural comparisons on a global scale. CHBE adheres to the Institute’s Change of Major policies, but has implemented academic advising protocols to ensure that this important decision is in the student’s best interest and provides the foundation for a successful career.

How does it work?

The program/topic is advertised on the Clough/Library screens, the campus Mercury calendar, through GT 1000/2000, and GTAAN. There is also signage placed at the desk and around Clough to point students in the right direction. The "Ask Me About" program is a great way to connect with students who haven’t been able to meet with staff/faculty in their offices or who don’t even know (yet) that they are interested in their area, programs, resources, etc.

If you'd like to signup for a "Ask Me About" session, contact Crystal Fowler, coordinator for this program, at or 5-7556.