Why should I join this program?
There are many informal opportunities on campus to get connected with Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors: residential life staff, athletic teams, club officers, orientation leaders, academic classes and student employment to name just a few. Our program, however, offers a "formalized" opportunity to connect with older students for both those students who are already connected in other ways and for students who are not well conected. All first-year students are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity!
How often will I meet with my mentor?
Consistent and regular meetings with your mentor are truly the core of this program. Mentors are required to meet with there students at least once every two weeks for an hour. If a first year student wants to meet more or less frequently, they can arrange that with their mentor.
When and where will I meet with my mentor?
The choice is yours! Some students might choose to meet for coffee at the Local Blend or Clemens Perk. Others might choose to take a walk around the Arboretum or take a hike to Lake Sarah at CSB. All of the mentors have promised to be flexible to your schedules. They will do their best to meet with you at the most convinient time.
What will we do during our meetings?
The meeting is simply a formally arranged opporutinty for you to get to know an older student on campus, and for that older student to get to know you. The meetings can be used to talk about anything or do anything. You can approach your mentors with any questions you have about academics, relationships, or other aspects of campus life.
There is no secret hidden agenda with this program. Your mentor will not lecture you, discipline you, get you into trouble, or make you do anything at all that you dont want to. All the mentors have promised to promote an non-judgemental environment. Additionally, everything that is said during the all meetings is confidential.
If this program is "confidential", will I get in trouble for the things I share with my mentor?
No. Confidentiality means that your mentors will not share anything you say with anyone. We want students to feel free to share and be honest with their mentors. Confidentiallity is a key piece in creating healthy mentoring relationships.
EXCEPT... in extraordinary circumstances where the life and health of a student is endangered, mentors must act in the well being the student and report necessary information to the Dean of Students.
If I sign up to meet with a mentor but decide later on that I that I dont want to have one, can I drop out?
Of course! And of course we would hope you would choose stay in the program, but you are free to leave at any time. Meeting with a First Year Mentor is always optional and never manditory.