Take time to get to connect with faculty and staff!

Your first six weeks and first semester are an important time in your Elon experience where you are beginning to create the foundation for your Elon journey.  Making connections during your first semester with faculty and staff across the university are equally as important as your peer connections.  As you approach your first few weeks of the semester below are a few tips and resources to help you navigate making effective academic connections here at the university.

  • Did you know that there are faculty members who live in your residential neighborhood? Consider attending an event in your neighborhood hosted by the faculty director or faculty-in-residence. For more information check out your neighborhood’s webpage.
  • Did you know you can have  a meal on campus with a faculty or staff member for free? Consider using the “SIDE SWIPE” or “Take a Student Lunch” program as an opportunity to get to know your faculty and begin conversations about your passions and interest.
  • Considering learning about academic support resources within the Koenigsberger Learning Center (KLC) which includes academic advising, disabilities resources, and learning assistance. These units within the KLC work with students, faculty, and staff to clarify academic policies and direct students to appropriate resources across campus for to promote a successful academic experience and timely degree completion.
  • It’s never too early to think about Undergraduate Research opportunities. Check out the Undergraduate Research website to learn about how you can join a faculty member in scholarly activity during your time here.
  • There are also tons of student organizations that are connected to academic majors and interest. Take some time to explore these options this PhoenixConnect.
  • Don’t wait until the day before an assignment to stop by your professor’s office for office hours. These are windows of opportunity for you to have one-on-one time to review course content and to get to know your professor.
  • It is never too early to stop by the Student Professional Development Center to explore the various resources they have connected to career exploration, on-campus jobs, internships and resume reviews just to name a few.