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Peer Mentoring

Peer Mentor Program
» What is a Peer Mentor?
» Meet the Peer Mentors
» Student Testimonials

 

How to Become a Peer Mentor
» Peer Mentor Position Description
» Peer Mentor Application [pdf]
» Recommendation Form

 

MENTORING: FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

» What is the purpose of the peer mentoring program?
» Who gets a peer mentor?
» Who are the peer mentors?
» What are the benefits of having a peer mentor?
» Why become a peer mentor?
» What is the First-Year Experience?

What is the purpose of the peer mentoring program?
The Peer Mentoring program is designed to assist in the personal, social and academic acclimation of first-year students to MSU through cultivating relationships with outstanding upperclassman mentors as part of the First-Year Experience. In addition to providing support, mentors can connect students to resources, clubs, organizations, and other academic and co-curricular activities.

Who gets a peer mentor?
Students participating in a First-Year Experience Learning Community will have a peer mentor as part of their INT 110 course.

Who are the peer mentors?
Peer Mentors are prior First-Year Experience students recommended by faculty or staff who are trained to serve as a resource and help meet the unique needs of incoming first-year students. Mentors provide programming on basic college skills and also assist with academic and advising questions. All Peer Mentors must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.

What are the benefits of having a peer mentor?
The Peer Mentoring Program offers MSU’s first-year students the opportunity to develop close relationships with upper-class students who will help them navigate the University and its resources and activities. Meaningful interactions with peer mentors can help first-year students increase motivation, connectedness, and academic confidence and success.

Why become a peer mentor?
Peer mentors work to make the transition from high school to college as smooth as possible for first-year students. They serve as role models of positive behavior, help students adjust to university life (academics, leadership involvement, co-curricular involvement, etc.), and assist in class facilitation as well as planning syllabus, course content and class logistics.

What is the First-Year Experience?
The First-Year Experience at Minot State University is an opportunity for first-year students to participate in a powerful learning experience that will inspire the transition to university life and learning through unique learning communities, peer mentors, and opportunities to engage with the campus and larger community.

Students are given the opportunity to work with talented, engaging faculty and staff members who care about students, who are focused on student success, and provide learning experiences that are unique, challenging, and relevant. They also get to work with peer mentors who are familiar with the campus and can connect students to student support services, clubs, organizations, and other academic and co-curricular activities. For more information, go to http://www.minotstateu.edu/cetl/first_year.shtml.



For more information, contact:
Jessica Smestad, Tutoring & Mentoring Coordinator
Old Main 101; 701-858-4039
jessica.smestad@minotstateu.edu

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