1 May, 2013 By rrafferty 0 Comments
Peer mentors are upper-class students who work with first-year students to help them understand and prepare for the academic and social demands of college life.
Mentors begin the academic year working as leaders during Orientation and then continue to assist mentees throughout their entire first year at Whittier.
Peer mentors introduce first-year students to college services and talk with them about living in residence halls and roommate concerns, how to best utilize their advisors, make friends, join clubs or student government, manage their time, and prepare for classes. Peer mentors also help students acclimate to the writing demands of college. They attend the Freshman Writing Seminar, keep office hours for "drop in" help, and can make individual appointments to work with students with the ultimate goal of helping the student develop successful, independent writing practice.
Peer mentors are nominated by faculty and staff based on their academic achievements, level of maturity, trustworthiness, responsibility, and interpersonal skills. They go through a training program and selection process.