Whether you hail from the suburbs of Boston, the streets of Paris, or a village in the Sahara, your academic advisor will take the time to get to know your unique background and personality as well as your academic goals.
Through frequent one-on-one meetings with you, your teachers, and your parents or guardians back home, your advisor will help you determine your strengths, interests, and areas for improvement. Falling in love with physics? Your advisor will help you structure an independent project or prepare for the AP Physics exam. Having trouble in Spanish? He or she will arrange tutoring.
A Resource for Independent Projects
Your advisor serves as a sounding board and assistant coordinator for your independent projects, which account for approximately forty percent of your course load each term. He or she will help you determine which areas of study you’d like to pursue and structure your projects in ways that broaden your skills and knowledge while taking your unique learning style into account. Academic advisors can also recommend other faculty members to mentor and help evaluate your individualized studies.
While helping plan and structure your independent projects, your academic advisor will work with you to take multiple factors into account:
- Graduation requirements
- Balance between independent studies and your selected project-based learning module
- Goals for college and beyond
- Relevance to host country
- Resources in the region where you’ll be studying
While multiple THINK Global School faculty (as well as staff, local resources, and other students) will evaluate your independent projects, your academic advisor will always be involved from start to finish.
A Connection to Home
Your advisor serves as a dedicated contact for your parents or guardians, helping you keep them up-to-date on your progress in school and life. When the people who raised you are as far as a dozen time zones away, you’ll have someone on your side as you transition to life (and high school) abroad. Living apart from your parents, your home, and the friends you grew up with isn’t always easy—whether you need advice, a pep talk, or just a friendly ear, you’ll have the peace of mind of knowing someone will always be there.