New College Peer Mentors: Changing Lives Student by Student
Every day, first-year students are overwhelmed by the reality of college. From facing the challenges of living away from home for the first time, fast-paced classes, the uncertainty of the future, and figuring out how to pay for school, students constantly decide whether to stay at ASU or go home and find a new path. Often, these students have no guidance in these decisions.
Through the Peer Mentor program, these students are able to meet one-on-one with those who have walked in their shoes. Receiving specific advice and tailored meetings to reach individual goals, these first-year students are given support and direction in navigating their first year at ASU.
Peer Mentors are bridge builders between students, faculty, and student service departments across campus. Their responsibilities include providing structured activities to engage students with each other and foster community, and facilitating academic based workshops to address first year challenges. By meeting these needs, Peer Mentors shine light on their paths to success as a college student.
The Peer Mentors were busy contacting prospective students this week and made several connections with future Sun Devils. The Peer Mentors are able to offer a student point of view when calling and are able to answer a lot of questions others cannot. There is no doubt they have helped these students with their decision to attend ASU.
This week we hosted our 2nd Annual Emerging Leaders Conference, featuring Marlene Tromp, Dean of New College, as the keynote speaker. Over 50 people were in attendance, and several faculty and one of the Peer Mentors hosted workshop sessions, receiving much positive feedback from those in attendance.
This past weekend, a few of our Peer Mentors presented at the National Collegiate Leadership Conference (NCLC) at the University of Arizona in Tucson. Their proposal was selected among hundreds and the Peer Mentors were able to facilitate a session on the best practices of peer mentor programs. Over 40 people attended and much positive feedback was given at the conclusion of their presentation.
Pizza, Professors and Professions was a success as there were over 50 students in attendance. The faculty did an outstanding job of explaining their fields of science and math, and how to best prepare to apply those majors once the students graduate. Several students and faculty stayed long after the event had ended to talk about internships, job opportunities, and classes!
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