The Peer Mentor Program partners seniors with first and second-year students to strengthen community among current students and smooth the transition for new students.
Mentees receive practical advice on classes, careers and life outside of school, while mentors practice leadership skills, reinforce their own subject knowledge and enjoy the satisfaction of helping fellow students.
We also host volunteering and social events throughout the year for students involved in the mentoring program.
All participants should commit to attending 1 PMP event per semester, and meet with a mentor/mentoring group 1-2 times per semester.
Additionally, all mentors will attend a training session on mentee/mentor expectations at the start of each mentoring cycle.
General guidance is provided below, however, we encourage mentors and mentees to be flexible and to share with each other and the department their ideas for improving or getting the most out of the program.
The advice mentors give to students will vary, but some general topics mentors may wish to address are:
Conversation starters for mentees
Conversation starters for mentors
The PMP coordinator will match mentors with mentees in the first weeks of the fall semester based on shared interests and will send an introductory email. The PMP coordinator will then step back and let the mentor initiate the next contact.
The PMP coordinator will contact mentees throughout the semester to check in and solicit feedback. All participants will be invited to complete an annual survey to determine ways to improve the program..