The Honors Peer Mentorship Program is a lifeline for incoming Honors College freshmen to help ease the transition into the Honors College and university life by grouping new students with experienced upperclassmen. New students have a contact from the first day they arrive on campus to help them navigate this new step in their lives. Mentors are paired with a group of two to three first year students with whom they interact throughout the summer and fall semester.
About the Program
To help incoming students adjust to life at University of South Carolina and the Honors experience by providing group support and community within the Honors College.
- To connect new incoming Honors students in their transition to UofSC and the South Carolina Honors College
- To provide meaningful and authentic partnerships between Honors students
- To provide a space for students to process their college experiences
- To connect students with campus resources
- To provide upperclassmen with opportunities for developing leadership skills
- Learn from the experiences of others
- Increase your social and academic confidence
- Become more empowered to make decisions
- Develop strategies for dealing with both personal and academic issues
- Identify goals and establish a sense of direction
- Reach out to your mentor; let him/her know what's on your mind
- Assume responsibility for your own growth & development
- Set goals and make decisions to achieve these goals
- Utilize campus resources
- Participate in activities with mentor and other mentees
We appreciate your interest in the Peer Mentorship Program. We have concluded the mentee sign-up process for the 2019-2020 academic year. Any questions, contact Janai Hawkins-Glenn.
- Is the program free? Yes
- Is this program required for all incoming freshmen? Participation in the Peer Mentorship program is voluntary.
- When is the best time for me to sign up for the program? All incoming students will be notified of the peer mentor opportunity during summer orientation. You are encouraged to sign up before the priority deadline.
- When will I be told who my mentor is? Initial matches will be made on an on-going basis during the summer. Final matches will occur at the Orientation/Match event in August.
Gain a fulfilling experience
Through peer mentoring, your volunteerism makes a difference in the lives of new students who may feel lost, isolated, and stressed with the challenges of being a college student. Doing good deeds makes people feel good. The chance to make a positive impact on someone’s life is a priceless experience.
Boost leadership skills
You will encounter new and different situations as a peer mentor that will enhance and improve your leadership skills and abilities. Your capacity to be compassionate, make sound decisions, and listen will increase through your mentor/mentee relationship.
Improve career profile
Leadership, time management, and many other management skills can be enhanced by becoming a peer mentor. Your role as a peer mentor adds valuable experience to your resume, demonstrating your adaptability, resourcefulness, and passion for helping others.
Meet new people
It’s not just new students building friendships in the peer mentoring program. Peer mentors befriend their mentees and other mentors and mentees. You can meet your peers in events and volunteer activities surrounding the peer mentoring program. Peer mentoring isn’t just a school activity; it’s a place where students connect and become life-long friends.
- Build relationships with mentees and assist them with their adjustment to campus life both socially and academically.
- Coordinate social activities and opportunities for mentees.
- All mentors will be expected to uphold the Carolina Creed and maintain good academic standing within the South Carolina Honors College.
- Spring Mentor training (1.5hours).
- Fall Mentor training (1.5 hours).
- Monthly Team Meetings-September and October (1 hour).
- Weekly contact (phone or text) with your mentee(s) until Fall Break (minimum 10 minutes).
- Monthly outing with your mentee(s) (minimum of 1 hour).
- End of semester evaluation (minimum 30 mins)
- Student in good academic standing within the South Carolina Honors College (minimum 3.0 USC GPA)
- Have completed at least 30 USC credit hours.
How do I access the Mentor Resources Folder?
- Sign on to USC Outlook email account.
- Click the square icon next to Outlook
- Select OneDrive
- On the right-hand side, select “Shared” then “Shared with Me”
- Select SCHC Peer Mentor Resources folder
How do I submit my monthly report?
- Access the SCHC Peer Mentor Resources folder
- Select the current semester and year