What is an ASA?
The Academic Advising Center (AAC) employs motivated student leaders as Academic Student Advisors (ASAs) to assist new students with orientation, academic advising and registration in their transition to the academic, personal, and social experience of Western Washington University. During orientation programs, ASAs make important connections with new students and families, share valuable campus and community resources, facilitate group advising information and registration sessions, and work collaboratively with peers, professional staff, and faculty to create a positive and successful advising and orientation experience in alignment with AAC mission and goals.
"Becoming an Academic Student Advisor gave me the chance to work with a wonderful team of student advisors and opened doors to other educational opportunities here at Western. Through the program I was able to build valuable professional skills all while working with faculty and staff to orient incoming students. If you are someone who is looking to get connected to the campus community, build professional relationships, and be a resource to other students this is the job for you!" - Sophie Chang, ASA 2018
"The ASA position is an exciting opportunity to expand your knowledge of Western, improve as a public speaker, and build lasting connections with faculty. By working one-on-one with new students, my interpersonal skills flourished, and by presenting frequently, I grew confident in front of large audiences. Being an ASA has given me tools and experiences that I use in both academic and professional roles." - Chris Lovgreen, ASA 2018
"I thought being an ASA would help me meet new students, become intimately familiar with classes Western offers and help me develop my leadership skills. Although the position did all these things, I value the confidence that it has instilled in me the most. It helps me every day while talking to professors or going to interviews or having a conversation with friends. I have matured into a strong and confident young woman and I attribute much of that to the ASA position and surrounding staff." - Mara Miller, ASA 2018