Archive | September, 2012

Choose Your Own Adventure: The 4-Year Plan

30 Sep

You’re the Star! 879 Thrilling Endings! Will you double major in Political Science and Spanish? Or will you study abroad for a year and minor in Jazz Studies? As you navigate through GW’s course selection and options for majors and minors, remember that your 4-year plan is entirely dependent on what you want. Which direction will you choose? Whether you want to graduate in three years, study abroad twice, take on five different minors or give the premed requirements a shot, turn to none other than your SPA. 

In addition to completing a 4-year plan (or two, or three…) already, Student Peer Advisors have experience crafting their 4-year plans into living documents that detail their academic goals. If you need any help organizing or brainstorming for your own plan, don’t hesitate to contact the SPA paired with your Origins class or email the SPA account at

In the meantime, check out this example from UHPer Jenny Hamilton. If excel isn’t your style, try color-coding. UHPers love color-coding. If all else fails, show up to your 4-year plan advising appointment with an interpretive dance. I’m sure Liz would love that.

Four Year PlanFour Year Plan Continued

Note: I am not responsible for any interpretive dance choreography. Consider this a lesson in skepticism.

Graduating this Semester?

28 Sep
Early Birds

Early birds, catching that worm.

It’s not uncommon for UHPers to hit the ground running a little bit earlier than their non-Honors peers.  If you’re one of the early birds, let us know!

For those of you graduating in December, we need your Intent to Graduate Form by Friday, October 12.

The Intent to Graduate Form is an online form that should take you about 5 minutes to complete.

We need you to fill this out to make sure you get counted as a UHP graduate!

Gaga Feminism [Events]

27 Sep

From September 28-October 4, GW’s English Department hosts Professor J. Jack Halberstam as this year’s Wang Distinguised Professor-in-Residence. There are some pretty cool events surrounding, including a public lecture and a book launch of “Gaga Feminism: Sex, Gender and the End of Normal.”

Check out more over at the always excellent  GW English blog and see the schedule of associated events below.  Continue reading

A UHPer in Madrid

27 Sep

UHPer Asthaa Chaturvedi is away in Madrid, Spain for the semester, but she’s staying in touch via her tumblr (complete with a cool audio component!)  What’s more, you can follow her posts at  “GW Blogs from Abroad” as well.

Keep up the good work, Asthaa.  And send us a post card!


Off on the Road to NACADA

27 Sep

Liz, Catherine, and Jared will be out of the office on Oct. 4th & 5th, because we’ll be in Nashville, TN, sharing our wisdom at the national conference of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA).

You might remember that we went off last year to present “Intelligent Internetting: or How I Learned to Stop Excessive Emailing and Love the Blog” at the regional conference in Annapolis, MD.



Turns out that the audience liked it so much, they voted us “Best in Region.”  Not unlike typical dog shows, that means we got invited back for an encore presentation at the national convention.  Or as any GLEE fan would put it:  OMG WE WON REGIONALS YOU GUYS OMG!

We’re happy to talk about our online appointment scheduler, IMs with advisors, snazzy NewsFlash!online formssocial media communities, an active (and often entertaining) blog, and more.  We’re especially happy to share our working philosophy of not spamming students with a constant barrage of emails.

At these conferences, we’re always reminded how lucky we are to get to work with such great students.  #HonorsProblems are the best kind, and a big part of the reason our jobs are so much fun is the fantastic student body we get to work with.