Q&A with Bethany DeLong
Bowling Green State University, Human Development & Family Studies, 2009
Years at BGSU:
This year marks my second year at BGSU.
I am usually always working on some type of DIY project or I have one in mind. I love spending my free time doing something creative.
Q&A with Bethany
What is your favorite part about being an academic advisor?
I enjoy hearing what my students are passionate about and how they are connecting their interests to their degree and BGSU experience.
What advice would you give students as they prepare for their post-graduation lives?
A college degree guarantees you nothing, but it will provide you with some amazing opportunities. Make sure you are doing what you can to be prepared for those surprise opportunities that come your way. Be involved during your four years at BGSU -- seek leadership, volunteer and internship experiences.
What is your greatest achievement so far?
My greatest achievement is my education. I am the first in my family to not only have a bachelor's degree, but also a master's. My parents always encouraged me to attend college but being the first to navigate the experience was challenging at times.
Why did you decide to become an academic advisor?
During college, I was a resident advisor. And through the experience, I learned that I love working with college students. I began my career in Student Housing but knew eventually I would like to move to a different functional area of higher education. Academic advising was a great fit for me because of my love to connect with others and encouraging them in their pursuit of a college education.
What is the worst mistake a student can make during the first part of the semester?
Not asking for help! The first semester of college can be overwhelming, both academically and personally. There is a whole new environment to learn and you may not be aware of all the resources available to you. The worst thing I believe you can do is not ask for help. There are too many people on campus waiting and wanting to help.
What can students do to make their freshman year easier?
Find your people at BGSU. I believe everyone needs a support system of their peers around them who are going through the same experiences. You need folks to celebrate the wins with but also lean on when things are tough.
What was the best piece of advice you received as a student that you would like younger generations to know?
Plans are wonderful, but don’t be fearful of things that were not a part of the initial plan. Life has a lot of surprises, and so many times one unexpected opportunity is going to lead you to a bigger and better opportunity.
How can an academic advisor make a students’ life easier?
With many majors, it is crucial that you take particular courses in a certain sequence. We are here to assist you with your academic planning to be sure you are on track to graduation.