How to Maximize this Resource

Some of you visiting this blog may be avid blog readers, since there are blogs out there on just about every topic known to human kind. But, I (Becca) would venture to say that there is a much larger number of readers who are much less familiar with the idea of a blog. So, I’ve decided to highlight some helpful parts of this blog that you can utilize to get your academics back on track or take them to a new level of awesome.

  • The “Campus Resources” tab at the top of the page leads you to a list of helpful campus resources, short descriptions of what each office can help you with, and a link to their webpage with contact information. Sometimes  the first step in the right direction is knowing who to ask for help…and then actually doing it!
Screen shot of Campus Resource Page
  • Click on a “Category” on the right side of the page to be taken to all of the posts that deal with that particular topic. There are all kinds of topics to choose from ranging from more detailed information about offices on campus that can help in your academic journey under “Campus Partners” to stories from U of O students who have struggled academically and overcome obstacles to get back on track to success under “In Your Words”. Here is one of my favorite campus partner posts and one of my favorite posts from a student:

Spotlight on the Teaching and Learning Center: Part 1


Jessica’s Story – Academic Disqualification & Reinstatement

  • Get to know some of the advisors in the Office of Academic Advising by reading the “About Us” section or by choosing the “Meet Your Advisor” category. If we all could share one thing with students it would be that we exist to help you be successful – SO COME SEE US! We got into academic advising to work with students and talk through all kinds of issues whether it be celebrating with you over a great accomplishment or walking you through how to have a tough conversation with your parents about your academics.  To schedule an appointment all you have to do is call 541.346.3211 and our front desk workers will get you taken care of.

Office of Academic Advising Staff Photo 2011

I guess what I’m trying to say is welcome to the blog and I hope you stick around and check out some of the posts! I’m glad you made it this far and I hope you will find some good information to help you on your path to success. Don’t hesitate to come see us for more information or even just to find out where to begin. Enjoy your break and we’ll see you in the winter!

Meet Your Advisor – Arturo Zavala

You hear a lot from us on this blog, and we wanted to give you the chance to meet other advisors in our office and across campus. So every once in a while we’ll spotlight someone new.

Today meet Arturo Zavala – the newest addition to the  Office of Academic Advising. Arturo works with all students and is fluent in Spanish.  We asked Arturo some questions and here’s what he had to say:

academic advisor Arturo Zavala

1. Why do you like working at the University of Oregon?

I love meeting and talking with students.  I like hearing their stories and how they see the world.   Every journey is unique. I see my job as helping students shape and discover new worlds and identities.  It reminds me that you are never too old to learn or to be passionate about a dream.

2. What was a memorable turning point in your own education?

Two points come to mind.  In fifth grade, my teacher, Mrs. Buck rewarded  me with a book when I helped in her the classroom. That totally changed the way I thought about books.  After high school, I got a fulltime job working at a cabinet shop because I enjoyed working with wood.  After only eight months I realized that just because you enjoying doing something, that doesn’t mean you’ll enjoy it as a career.  So, I went back to school.

3. What do you do when you are not advising?

I’m a professional mariachi musician on the weekends. I love to eat and cook, so I frequent the local restaurants and markets.  I enjoy hiking, especially with my two pugs, Indie and Ozzie.  On sunny days I love walking around campus or stretching out on the lawn and reading a book.  On rainy days I like to check out new exhibits at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art.

Meet Your Advisor – Jenni Van Wyk

 You hear a lot from us on this blog, and we wanted to give you the chance to meet other advisors in our office and across campus. So every once in a while we’ll spotlight someone new.

Today meet Jenni Van Wyk – Academic Advisor in the Office of Academic Advising. Jenni works with all students, but she specializes in advising students who are pursuing health-related careers.  We asked Jenni some questions and here’s what she had to say:

Jenni Van Wyk

Why do you like working at the University of Oregon?

I love being around people, students and professionals, who are constantly LEARNING.  It challenges me to continually learn, both personally and professionally.  I love hearing students’ stories, what they want to do with their major and life after UO, and hear their excitement when they realize they are 16 credits away from graduating.  My friends and colleagues also keep me interested in becoming a better advisor and person as I read books they recommend, go to places in Oregon they’ve been to, and try new activities I’ve never tried before.

What was a memorable turning point in your own education?

I was a senior and had no idea what I wanted to do with my life after college. I was earning a BA in Biology with a German minor, and loved what I studied, but just couldn’t make the connection with my major and a career.  Through my extracurricular activities I was working with professionals whose job it was to help students in college.  I decided that’s what made me happiest – all the things I was involved with outside of the classroom.  I wanted to stay in college for the rest of my life, but I had to figure out how to get paid for it.  I approached my Greek Advisor who pointed me in the right direction.  I got my masters degree in student affairs, and I love working in higher education!

Some students struggle to adjust to rainy Oregon winters. What have you found helps you through them?

I  just moved to Oregon from the Midwest (Chicago) and I love the rain.  It is so much better than December, January, and February in Illinois when the temperatures are well below freezing (one day in February the high for the day was -7, and with the wind-chill, it felt like -25!).  I prefer rain over the “freeze your face off” cold.  Students usually laugh and agree with me.  Everything is green all winter long, instead of brown frozen grass, gray-white snow, and bare trees.  It’s all about perspective.  And WOW, there’s flowers blooming in February around here!