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Peer Advising

Academic Peers Advisors (APAs)

Supervised by a coordinator in the Newnan LSA Academic Advising Center, the academic peer advisors are experienced and highly trained LSA undergraduates ready to help other LSA undergraduates on a wide variety of issues. In particular, the APAs are prepared to talk to students about course selections, Wolverine Access/registration questions, time-management, study skills, choosing a major, and graduate school. Most prominently, APAs team with Newnan academic advisors during new student orientation to assist new students in their transition to LSA.

APAs can help with…

Exploring Majors

To find a major, you have to explore. You’re looking for a major that will let you do what you love, study the ideas that most fascinate you, and take your strengths and turn them into expertise. Here are some tips for getting there:

  • Explore the huge array of LSA majors, review websites and attend information sessions in departments that made your short list, and attend the Major/Minor Expo in the Winter Term
  • Try introductory and prerequisite courses in various departments to gauge your interest, get a better view of the intellectual material taught within the major, and develop fundamental transferrable skills.
  • Talk with a professor or GSI about possible courses and majors, meet with an LSA advisor to consider how your interests and skills might fit with certain majors, and visit the Career Center to explore how your strengths and passions connect to possible careers

Beyond the Classroom

What happens outside your regular academic work can complement your studies and shape your overall U-M experience. To make sure it does, think carefully about the groups you’d like to join and the opportunities you’d like to pursue — and why. Here are some ideas:

  • Attend Festifall and Northfest in September to talk with members of student organizations and clubs
  • Check out Maize Pages to browse through clubs and organizations that fit your interests
  • Explore new areas of interest outside your classes and immerse yourself more deeply in subjects you have studied
  • Talk with your professors about additional opportunities to explore your interests outside the classroom
  • Discuss what you have discovered and create new plans for the future with your LSA advisor
  • Volunteer with organizations on campus, around town, or in the region that are doing work you want to participate in

Survive and Thrive

U-M can be a demanding place. But you can’t do your best if you’re hungry, sleepy, or stressed out. Recent studies demonstrate that people are more productive if they work less, sleep more, and take frequent breaks. So prioritize being good to yourself. Here are some ideas:

  1. Ensure your health and wellness by getting enough sleepeating wellexercising, and understanding and managing stress and anxiety
  2. Learn how practicing mindfulness can help improve your academic performance by improving motivation, concentration, and focus, as well as helping you manage anxiety
  3. Take control and get help: If stress is getting the better of you or if you feel unsettled or unhappy, seek help from LSA advisors, the staff at Counseling and Psychological Services, and U-M’s central health clinic, University Health Services


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