Pause and Reflect
The Spring quarter conversation is the ideal time to pause and reflect on the school year. Some questions which may help students recognize what they have learned and how they have grown are:
- What advice would you give to next year’s freshman class?
- What has surprised you this year?
- What was the best thing you’ve read this year?
- What was the most interesting thing you’ve learned?
- How have you changed since arriving at Stanford?
- Is there something you wish you’d done this year that you didn’t do?
You can also help your advisees look forward, and begin to visualize where their choices may lead next by asking:
- What does your summer look like?
- Do you have any plans for September?
- What is your next step on your college journey?
- How do you plan to identify your possible major?
- What has been edited from your options? What has floated to the top? What can you do this summer to help you make this decision?
For your advisees who are still-undeclared sophomores, you can help them navigate the major declaration process by asking:
- What obstacles are you facing in declaring your major?
- What steps have you taken toward declaring a major?
- Are you torn between multiple majors? If so, which ones?
- Have you eliminated some majors?