Military: How to Work With Your Adviser

Learn how military-affiliated students can work with their adviser to create a plan to succeed in their courses. 

For military-affiliated undergraduate students, your military academic adviser is the last person you’ll speak to in your Penn State World Campus admissions process, and the first person you should turn to with any questions you have throughout your time as a student. Learn how you can work with your adviser to create your plan to succeed in school.

Your Leadership: Your Adviser

Think of your military academic adviser as your unit leadership; they are here to lead you to your next step. Just as your leadership could help you work toward a promotion and integrate with the unit, your military adviser can help you reach your education goals at Penn State World Campus and integrate into college culture. When you joined the military, you had to adjust to a new system, schedule, and way of doing things, from how you talked to people to how you managed your free time. Attending a university for the first time can be similar.

Why You’re Here

Starting to take courses through Penn State World Campus is also similar to going to technical training for the first time. You will need to get acclimated to the environment, course work, and instructors. It’s important to stay focused on your goals and why you’ve chosen to earn your degree. Whether you want to get a civilian position after your military service is over, or if you’ve left the military and you want to advance in your current career, maintaining a keen eye on your goals will help you start and finish strong. While Penn State course work can be rigorous, remember that you’re earning a respected credential you can be proud of.

Complete the Mission

Active-duty and veteran students are often familiar with having a mission or a plan to complete in their military career. Similarly, military advisers are there to help you create your plan to become a proud Penn State alum. They can steer you toward resources to help you complete your plan, and serve as your liaison with other offices at the University. Helping you complete your educational mission is their goal.

Your military academic adviser is here to guide your transition from service member or veteran to student. We’re proud to provide knowledgeable advisers who often have military experience or connections of their own, and who enjoy serving military-affiliated students.

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