The typical college student's life is complicated enough without having to worry over which requirements a class fills and agonize over graduating on time.
That is why we have advisers, but the advising system at CSU leaves us wanting.
Most advisers hold other positions and don't have time to figure out the complicated credit system, much less teach it to someone in a 20-minute advising session.
Advisers at CSU need to be better trained and able to devote more time to advising. The administration should hire fulltime advisers, whose only responsibilities are to counsel students about what they need to take to fulfill requirements.
To add to the pressure of quickly deciding on a major, open-option students have more difficulty with advising. Students entering CSU with a declared major get assigned an adviser within their specific department who has a grasp on the classes. Open-option students have to meet with someone who may know nothing about the subject that a student chooses to major in.
You can request a new adviser, but building a rapport with someone who helps you make life-altering decisions is important. If CSU assigned qualified advisers, students would want to keep the same adviser for their entire college career. This consistency would allow students to build a relationship with their adviser, making them comfortable and improving their college experience.
Advisers are meant to counsel students and guide them through their academic life, but right now, they need to ask for some advice.