Senior S-STEM students serve as mentors for potential future S-STEM students, typically freshmen or sophomores. There are many benefits to participating in the peer mentoring program. Peer to peer interactions can provide valuable support for students at critical points in their student life as well as offer a host of other benefits for both mentors and mentees. Peer mentoring is a mutual way of learning and allowing both participants to develop transferable skills that will help them during their time at UMD and beyond.
Goals of the mentoring experience include:
- Help strengthen and sustain educational goals of mentee
- Adress academic and social life balance
- Mutually share experiences
- Mentors will participate in mentoring training activities (emailed readings, mini workshops, and activities to help communication and progress with mentees, etc.).
- Mentors will be paired with one student mentee.
- All mentors and mentees will meet as a group 3 times during the semester (small group or individual meetings will be scheduled throughout the semester).
- Mentoring times will be determined by mentors/mentee pairs.
- Mentors should feel free to contact Donna, Tim, or Tom at any time regarding their 399E experience.
Benefits of being a Mentee
- Gain practical advice, encouragement and support
- Learn from the experiences of others
- Increase your social and academic confidence
- Become more empowered to make decisions
- Develop your communication, study and personal skills
- Develop strategies for dealing with both personal and academic issues
- Identify goals and establish a sense of direction
- Gain valuable insight into the next stage of your university career
- Make new friends across year groups