Planning for Graduation and Beyond
By junior and senior years, most students are involved in intensely collaborative work with faculty in their majors who may or may not be their advisers.
The faculty sabbatical program and semesters abroad can sometimes interrupt advising relationships (more than half of Middlebury students study abroad as juniors), but this depends largely on the level of initiative students take to maintain a relationship with their advisers.
For faculty, it is a fine line between overly involved mentoring and fostering the independence necessary as students approach graduation. The most successful advising relationships emerge from equal sharing of responsibilities.