In this series, we talk to our amazing advising team, to get to know them better and learn about how they can help students! Today, we meet Will Simmons, academic advisor.
Let us know a little about yourself:
I’ve worked at the University of Denver for several months now, and I’m loving it so far! My mom is a teacher, and both my siblings work in higher ed, so I guess you could say it’s in my blood! I’m also very passionate about the environment, and I try to take advantage of our great system of state and national parks as often as I can, so I really appreciate working with a program and students who are dedicated to keeping the world such a great place.
What programs do you advise for?
I advise the Environmental Policy and Management Program.
What can a student gain from meeting with you?
Clarity of their path moving forward, a one-stop shop for finding campus resources, and an advocate with staff and faculty. Hopefully, some good conversation if time allows, as well.
How often do you suggest a student meet with you?
As often as they need to. Checking in once a quarter is appreciated but not necessary. A student should never hesitate to reach out.
Best advice for students on how to navigate the education/work-life balance?
Communicate with your instructors, advisor, and fellow students. Don’t reinvent the wheel where you don’t have to. Ask for help if you need it. Sometimes asking for an extension or extra clarification can be the difference between a grade you’re proud of and extra hours of work or stress that you don’t need.
You can contact Will at email@example.com or 303-871-4729.