letter_writi_24714_md_thumb_1Dear Student,

Please be advised that you are lucky enough to be advised. You have an advisor here at Northern. An advisor all your’s. An advisor committed to your success.

I envy you, student. I would like to have an advisor, too. Someone with wisdom and experience who is committed to my success.

An advisor to share stupid ideas with who will tell me they’re stupid ideas because my advisor has my best interests at heart. (And I do have some stupid ideas.)

An advisor to share half-baked ideas with who will ask the right questions to get things “cooked up right.”

An advisor to celebrate when I don’t make the same mistake twice. An advisor to remind me to think twice.

An advisor with some experience under her belt who see things ahead that I don’t.

An advisor on the “inside” who waves me in.

An advisor who understands I’m not easy to advise.

An advisor who doesn’t let me off easy because it’s easier than keeping me on the hook.


I don’t really want to go it all alone, students. That’s why I envy you – you have an advisor here at Northern. If I had an advisor, I’d see her. Every semester. Probably more than once.

face-with-stuck-out-tongue-and-winking-eyeI’d understand if she was busy. I’d email her more than once. I’d call her, heck I’d even show up at her office door and if she wasn’t there, I’d leave her a big, fat note,
with a silly emoji face on it with my name and my number and bold letters saying “I NEED TO SEE YOU – LET ME KNOW WHEN!”

And I’d keep doing it until we met – my advisor would know I’m not a stalker – just value her advice.

And when I graduated, I’d have a letter of recommendation from my advisor who put in some “goods words” for me around town.

And to let her know just how glad I was to have her as an advisor here at Northern – I think I’d add my advisor to my Christmas card list.


Holler Back Ya'll

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