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Academic Student Advisors

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.

  • ASA Group Photo 2019, taken in front of Old Main
    ASA 2019
  • ASA Group Photo 2018, taken in front of Old Main
    ASA 2018
  • ASA Group Photo 2017
    ASA 2017
  • ASA Group Photo 2016
    ASA 2016
  • Group photo of 2015 ASA employees in front of the fountain in red square
    ASA 2015

ASA Testimony

ASA Thadius Daniel

"The mission of an ASA is to provide incoming students with a smooth transition into a potentially new environment. We aim to provide them with the resources needed to succeed in the classroom as well as outside of the classroom. Working as an ASA provided me an opportunity to not only learn more about Western, but also provide incoming students with information to help them succeed from now until graduation. This job helped me gain more confidence as a professional and I will always be grateful for my time as an ASA!" - Thadius Daniel, ASA 2019

ASA Betsy Faris

"During my time as an Academic Student Advisor, I gained valuable leadership and professional experience all while cultivating professional relationships with faculty. The ASA job gives insight into how to effectively communicate information, and what it means to successfully help students at an individual level. If you are enthusiastic about helping to shape new students time at Western, and looking for an amazing resume booster, this is the perfect fit for you!" - Betsy Faris, ASA 2019

ASA Graham Blair

"Being part of the ASA team was really an exceptional experience, and I was able to grow both professionally and personally. Within this role I improved upon my public speaking skills, my interpersonal communication, and my ability to be part of a cohesive team. On top of that, I got the opportunity to get excited with new students! Orientation is one of their first experiences here at Western and it was incredible to be part of their initial community-building here." - Graham Blair, ASA 2019

ASA Shelby Kita

"Through the ASA position, I had the opportunity to strengthen my interpersonal skills, professional mannerism, and public speaking skills by closely working with Western faculty members, along with welcoming incoming students. By being part of the ASA team, you’ll always feel supported and you’ll have the chance to create strong connections with your peers and faculty members." - Shelby Kita, ASA 2019

ASA Tatum Buss

"Becoming an Academic Student Advisor taught me how to serve incoming students in a professional and empathetic manner. Not only did I learn how to advise incoming students, but I also gained life-long friends and was able to expand my knowledge of academics at WWU! The Academic Student Advisor position serves as a great summer job for those looking to become involved with the college process that makes Western a welcoming place for incoming freshmen and transfer students.” - Tatum Buss, ASA 2019