Rock Spring Semester offers student-to-student advising

On Thursday evening, the Academic Affairs Committee will host its first Rock Spring Semester event, where students will be able to discuss potential classes with experienced upperclassmen before official registration begins on Nov. 2.

Senior Brian Hartle, Student Association's director of academic affairs, described the event as "a more formalized structure of what already occurs."

Selected syllabi that professors have used in the past will be available for students to view, and some professors have even provided initial copies of the actual syllabus they plan to use in the upcoming semester.

Academic clubs will have tables set up for students seeking information about a specific major or course, and a few faculty members will be present to answer general advising or education questions.

Hartle said that the information available will leave students with fewer surprises on the first day of classes in January, which may also mean that students will self-select themselves into courses and professors with which they will be most likely to excel.

"This is not intended to replace seeing your advisor," Hartle said, but rather as a supplement to the traditional advising process where students can get a unique perspective on offered classes from students who are taking or have already completed those courses.

Hartle said that there is "limited faculty support" for the event, which AAC hopes to make a biannual event for students to take advantage of each semester. Free food provided by Campus Auxiliary Services.

Live student bands performing include jazz band, Geneseo Bhangra, Black Student Union G-steppas, Between the Lines, and The Charlie, Connor, Kevin, and Mark Experience.

Rock Spring Semester will be held in the College Union ballroom from 7 to 9 p.m. No pre-registration is required.