Easing the Transition to College
Remember when you were a freshman feeling lost on campus?
The Honors Mentor 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 have a contact from the first day they arrive on campus to help them navigate this new lifestyle. For fall 2017, there are about 50 Honors Mentors and each mentor has a group of four or five students they will interact with throughout the semester.
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 the Honors Mentor connects 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.
The responsibilities of Honors Mentors officially only last through the fall semester. This is a volunteer position and the time commitments are flexible and can be scheduled around the availability of the Honors Mentor. There are expectations for the position to ensure the Honors Mentors are being held accountable to connect with their mentees and all Honors Mentors are required to attend a training session at the beginning of the semester to prepare them for this role.
The application to be an Honors Mentor becomes available each spring with a notification over the summer if they 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.