No one knows Susquehanna University better than its students. Our successful scholar mentoring initiative capitalizes on the strengths of our current students and matches them with students who are new to campus.
Students forge one-on-one relationships built on trust and mutual respect. Mentors distinguish themselves through their leadership. Mentees learn to adjust and thrive, both in and out of the classroom.
Scholar Mentor Program in Focus
Students new to Susquehanna could benefit from the guidance of a scholar mentor to help achieve academic and personal success. Mentors are particularly helpful for students coming from a different geographical area (such as a big city), a different cultural background or country, and for first-generation college students. It’s a great opportunity for students to connect with others who have similar backgrounds.
What does a mentor do?
Mentors provide a familiar face and an attentive ear to newcomers on campus. Your mentor will first contact you the summer before classes begin. He or she will meet with you during Welcome Week and then set up weekly meetings to offer guidance on social issues and ways to handle the challenging transition from family life to college life. Your mentor will be there if you have questions, and will touch base with you informally many times throughout the week. Don’t be surprised if they catch you at the cafeteria or in-between classes, or if they text, email or call you just to see how things are going.
How are mentors and mentees matched?
A variety of criteria are used to determine matches for the mentoring program. Anyone can apply to be a mentor and matches vary each year depending on the variety of incoming and transfer students signing up to be mentored. Generally, students are matched by age, area of study, extracurricular involvement, first-generation college experience, gender expression and sexual orientation, geographic origin, international status, race or ethnicity, religion or spirituality. As the program develops, more categories may be added.
How are mentors selected and trained?
Mentoring is a paid position that is both fulfilling and rewarding. However, it demands a high level of commitment and responsibility. Mentors are selected based on personal qualities, two recommendations, a personal interview and a paid training process.
Mentors participate in bi-weekly training sessions with members of the campus professional community. Training includes but is not limited to sessions with staff from the Counseling Center and the public safety, community standards, chaplain's and residence life offices. In addition, all Mentors take Social Justice Leadership, which further embeds the training and underpinnings of mentoring.
For More Information
Current students who have interest in becoming a peer mentor may complete this application form (available on mySU).