First Year Advising

First-year students are assigned First Year Advisors who teach the Core Curriculum in the First Year program.

This unique advising structure is designed to provide students with tools for navigating their academic paths in their first year specifically.

In addition to First Year Advisors, first-year students are supported by the First Year Specialist and Assistant Director of Academic Advising, who are available to meet with students during regular office hours.

First Year Advising Office Hours are held in the First Year Advising Office on the Oakland campus in Irwin Student Center, Room 211.

Regular In-Office Hours

First Year Advisors hold regular weekly office hours. Appointments are recommended. If you are unable to meet with your First Year Advisor during their scheduled office hour, please contact them in class or via email to schedule a time to meet that is more convenient.

Bijan Yahsar
Tuesday, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.

Carol Elkovich
Monday, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Elin Christopherson
Tuesday, 3:15-4:15 p.m.

Liz Leger
Wednesday, 3-4 p.m.

Margo Majewska
Monday, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Sydney Cohen
Monday, 3:15-4:15 p.m.

Victoria Scott
Thursday, 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Victoria Wagner
Wednesday, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Note: No First Year Advisors are available for Regular Office Hours on Friday.

Extended Add/Drop Drop-In Office Hours

First Year Advisors make themselves available for extended hours during Priority Registration and Add/Drop. You do not need to make an appointment and can meet with any First Year Advisor who is available. Hours are updated and added below before these two periods.

Academic Planning and Bridge Workshops

First Year Advisors facilitate a number of workshops throughout the year to help students prepare for registration in courses and transition to their major program. These workshops are mandatory for first-year students as they are an essential part of the first year experience. In the fall, Academic Planning Workshops are held in prepartion for registration in spring courses. In the spring, Bridge Workshops are held in prepartion of Majors Exposed and transition into the major program.

Monday, February 15, 3-4 p.m.
Liz Leger and Sydney Cohen
Oakland Campus, B1

Tuesday, February 16, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Bijan Yashar and Carol Elkovich
Oakland Campus, B1

Wednesday, February 17, 11 a.m.-12 p.m.
Margo Majewska and Victoria Wagner
Oakland Campus, B1

Thursday, February 18, 3-4 p.m.
Elin Christopherson and Victoria Scott
Oakland Campus, B1

Majors Exposed

Majors Exposed is a unique opportunity to engage and connect with the CCA community that allows you to connect with faculty, staff, and students in various programs, co-curricular programs, resources, and offices all in one place. First-year students are required to attend, and all undergraduate students are welcome. New transfer and second-degree students are highly encouraged to attend.

Tuesday, February 23, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. and 3-4 p.m.
Wednesday, February 24, 11 a.m.-12 p.m. and 3-4 p.m.
Oakland Campus, Oliver Art Gallery