Easing the Transition to College
Remember when you were a freshman feeling lost on campus?
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. Generally two mentors are paired with a group of four or five first year students with whom they interact throughout the semester. Incoming freshmen have the chance to sign up for the program after summer Orientation.
Mentees gain wisdom from a current Honors College student on big topics like which courses to take, how to balance Honors coursework with extracurriculars, and how to take advantage of Honors resources, as well as the small things like what to do if you have an annoying roommate, the best places to eat on campus, and which professors they should take a class with.
Leadership Through Mentoring
Mentors help cultivate the Honors community and hone their leadership skills through working as a peer mentor to new students. Each Honors Mentor is charged with a small group of new students that they will connect with both individually and as a group. The Honors College hosts an event planned for Honors Mentors and their Mentees to initially forge these relationships and provides other opportunities for mentors and mentees to engage with one another throughout the semester. Being an Honors Mentor is a great way for upperclassmen to connect with new students, share advice they wish they would’ve known as a freshman, and to help cultivate our vibrant and supportive Honors community. We aim to allow opportunities for further leadership and service for outstanding and interested mentors.
The work for this position is largely scheduled at your own convenience, but there are some expectations to ensure accountability. Our application has more detailed information on expectations.
The application to be an Honors Mentor becomes available on the Honors College website each spring with a notification in the spring semester if you have been selected for the position. Any Honors College students that have completed their first year of college are welcome to apply. Incoming Honors College freshmen will receive information on how to sign up and apply during orientation season.
Students transferring into the Honors College also have the opportunity to participate as a mentee in the Honors Mentorship Program. When you are accepted into the Honors College, look out for information on how to sign up to have a mentor in early summer.