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          Getting to Know Your Advisor

          Contributed by National Officers

          by Shayla Jackson-Martin, National Post-secondary Secretary/Treasurer

          One of the most important things that I have learned the past couple of years has been the value of getting to know my Business Professionals of America adviser. Get to know your adviser. They can help guide you toward your interests. But they can’t help you if you don’t let them. You have to discuss your goals with them. Let them help you set goals. They have a depth of knowledge that you can use to your advantage, and they are practiced at helping students find success and assessing their strengths and weaknesses.

          By getting to know my BPA adviser, I was encouraged to run for a National Office. I was encouraged to apply for the National Officer Scholarship, which I was awarded last year. I was encouraged to apply for scholarships within my college, and with the help of my adviser’s letter of recommendation, I was able to pay for my entire year of school with the money that I was awarded. I was guided in achieving my Ambassador Award by my adviser. None of this would have been possible without her help.

          How do you get to know them? Don’t just hang out around their classroom or office. Here are a few tips for standing out and getting to know your adviser:

          • Attend meetings and be involved.
          • Volunteer to update bulletin boards, write articles for chapter newsletters or BPA Cares, or update your BPA chapter website.
          •  Serve on committees and always follow through with your obligations.
          • Always go above and beyond: show your potential.

          As with most things, you get what you put in. If you are willing to work hard, your advisers (and even your other teachers and bosses) will notice and work hard to ensure that you are successful.  Also, show them some appreciation. They work hard to make sure you are successful! Do your part of your obligations and be grateful that you have someone in your corner that cares about your success. I know that I would not be where I am today without the help of my BPA adviser.

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