What do advisors have in common with cakes and butter?

“We need more and better advisors!” say the students.

“The tuition is too high!” we shout.

The thing is, while all of these statements are true, you can only choose one option. Perhaps it’s unfair, but such is the cruel game of life: you can’t have it all.

‘You can’t have your cake and eat it too,’ we say in English.

‘You can’t want the butter and keep the money for the butter’ say the French… apparently. If you buy the product you must spend the money on it.

There are alternative methods for coming into possession of butter without spending any money, but if Les Miserables taught us anything, you don’t want to get caught stealing in France.

True, Jean Valjean is a fictional character from France in the 19th century, but we live here and now, in the real world. Perhaps more importantly, we are not talking about literature or musicals, we are talking about our financial situation and our education.

Ideally, we would have perfect advisors that give flawless quality service. It would be nice if they had the ability to read our minds, know our goals and expectations and predict what classes are going be good for us in the future. These advisors would need to be available all the time, we have busy schedules and we can’t afford to wait for too long.

That’s it! We want an army of perfect advisors!

Now, an army of perfect advisors would be very expensive. Who’s going to pay for it?

We certainly don’t want to pay for it. We can’t pay for it, tuition is already expensive as it is: $5,000 a year ain’t peanuts.

The school should pay for it!

Well, the school can’t pay for it either. According to the Minnesota Budget Project website, “Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system is cut by $170 million in FY 2012-13, a 13 percent reduction.”

As members of the MnSCU system, that’s our funds that have been cut.

Then, the State of Minnesota should pay for our perfect advisors.

Except the State doesn’t give us money because the economy is bad, that’s why they cut our budget in the first place. Minnesota’s debt is well over $40 billion.

We can’t afford an army of all-knowing advisors! What do we do?

Many would like to go to Wall Street and scream at wealthy bankers, but with work and final exams it’s just not going to happen.

According to the Get Ready for College website, we at MCTC pay $5,192 per year, compared to the $5,448 that Normandale Community College students pay, or Metropolitan State University with $6,341.
Let’s think about this for a second: What if we eat part of the cake and keep the rest? Or buy cheaper butter? We know we can’t have it all, is there a way to reach a compromise between our budget and our expectations?
We could make do with what we have right now.
Maybe we can visit with our human advisors more often, not only at the beginning and end of the semester, when everybody else needs to talk to them.
That also means waiting to talk to them, but if you plan a visit ahead of time so it doesn’t  conflict with the rest of you schedule you should be okay.