Farifteh Shahbazian helps guide students ‘toward the best path to graduation.’
Students commonly procrastinate when it comes to taking a prerequisite course. They often are unaware of their mistake until they cannot register for the classes they need unless that prerequisite is fulfilled. Constructing an academic roadmap, and avoiding unnecessary delays, like missed prerequisites and other unintended detours, is extremely important to your academic success.
To help you navigate your academic journey as smoothly as possible, the dedicated advisors at the Business Advising Center are here to help. Each advisor focuses on giving academic guidance and providing you the tools you need to succeed.
Farifteh Shahbazian assisting a student in the advising center.
“Our objective is to help our students achieve their academic goals and to graduate,” says Farifteh Shahbazian, senior undergraduate advisor. “We help them eliminate academic roadblocks and guide them toward the best path to graduation.”
Students are strongly encouraged to meet with an academic advisor to devise an academic plan at the start of your program. Meeting with an advisor at least once a semester ensures that you are on track and meeting your degree requirements on time.
Shahbazian personally works with between five to 20 students per day; however, the Business Advising Center can see up to 100 students a day during their busiest times. Located on the first floor of SGMH, the center offers academic advising to students on major degree requirements, course selection, transfer course evaluations, declaring a concentration, graduation requirements and other university policies.
Mihaylo College is one of the only colleges on campus that has full-time staff members as professional academic advisors, and the center is open four days a week for walk-in advising.
Shahbazian meeting with a student to discuss their academic goals.
The most important thing to remember as an advisor, says Shahbazian, is that each student is unique and that she must meet him or her halfway. “When I’m advising a student, I take the time to fully listen to their concerns and strive to completely understand their situation and needs in that moment.”
She collaborates with the students to create a plan of action and encourages them to make their own decisions. What she finds most rewarding about her job is seeing students overcome obstacles and learn about themselves.
“Sometimes in an advising session, I can see a student having an ‘aha’ moment – that moment when everything clicks,” she says.
Shahbazian has worked in mental-health therapy, LGBTQ counseling, cognitive training, and high school counseling. She holds a Bachelor of Science in human services and a Master of Science in counseling from Cal State Fullerton. As a CSUF graduate student, Shahbazian worked as a new admit advisor to MBA and graduate business students. After graduating from the master’s program, she accepted an offer as a full-time senior advisor at Mihaylo College during spring of 2012.
Aside from seeking an academic advisor, Shahbazian also encourages students to take advantage of their time as a student. “Get involved on campus, study abroad, do internships, take some electives,” she says. “Some of the relationships you build in college will be life-long. These are the experiences you will never forget, and you will have stories to tell your grandchildren!”