In the Know: Habits of Successful Students

  1. Be proactive. Ask questions, tell someone (teacher, advisor, peer mentor, RA) if you notice a problem developing, and accept help if you need assistance.
  2. Be informed. Read your course syllabi carefully and regularly check e-mail and Sakai or Canvas for announcements.
  3. Be organized. Write things down in a planner or on your phone and review it frequently. Keep class materials together in a binder that is easily accessible.

Meet the UST Advisors

Moira Curtis started college as an undeclared student and changed her mind about four times before deciding to major in Human Relations. During the summer before she graduated from Trinity Washington University in D.C., Moira worked as an Orientation Leader. This was a pivotal experience because she loved working with incoming students and realized that she wanted a career in higher education.

Moira entered the Master’s program at Montclair State University, where she concentrated in Higher Education and Student Affairs and got direct experience working in academic advising. In January 2017, she joined the University Studies Program as a full-time advisor. This fall, she will also teach a First Year Seminar course.


Christopher S. Gunter is a proud University of Delaware (UD) alumnus who completed his B.A.  in criminal justice and sociology. Chris is an academic advisor for the University Studies Program and the community relations manager for the Student Support Services Program (SSSP) through the Office of Academic Enrichment. During Chris’s tenure at UD, he has served as the president of the Black Student Union (BSU), a general board member for the Presidential Committee for Bias Reporting at UD, and an undergraduate researcher. Gunter has been the recipient of numerous domestic and international scholarships, including the Benjamin A. Gilman and Dave Plastino awards to support his research and social justice work. Gunter’s research examines correctional systems and explores the impact of police targeting in low-income and inner-city communities as well as the reentry process of African-Americans back into society post-corrections. Gunter’s passion for the law and intrinsic zeal for helping others has motivated him to be an academic advisor to help other students find their passions and achieve their academic goals.

Meet the UST Advisors

Sam Darden graduated from UD with a B.S. in Early Childhood Education and recently completed the Masters of Education in Instruction degree at Wilmington University.  She has been teaching special education pre-kindergarten for five years. Sam minored in Spanish at UD and is bilingual, but has not yet had the chance to travel abroad.  When Sam entered college at UD, she started in the University Studies program and changed her major five times. She told UST that even now, she still has no clue what she wants to do with her life!