Besides having a faculty advisor, many students find it beneficial to form meaningful connections with college professors, especially those within their major and/or who are researching topics which are of interest to them. Many students remain in contact with their faculty mentors beyond their time at UT and have found that these mentors can offer support such as job opportunities, graduate school advice and references.
UT also has many faculty and staff members who were also first-generation college students. Use the First-Generation Faculty/Staff directory to connect with professionals who can give first-hand advice on succeeding in college. Send them an email, give them a call or drop by their office to introduce yourself. Below is a sample email.
Dear (Insert First Name for Staff; For faculty address them by Professor and use their last name),
I’m a first-generation student at UT, and I found your name in the First-Generation Faculty/Staff Directory.
Pick an option below or write something similar:
- I have some questions about your experience as a first generation student and how you chose to go to graduate school.
- I’m interested in your research and would like to talk to you about assisting in your work.
- I’m seeking a mentor in the ______ field and was wondering if you could offer me some guidance.
In addition to connecting to advisors, faculty and staff, there are several academic resources available for free to all UT students! Students should take advantage of these resources all throughout their UT career, even if they are not struggling with their grades.