Marietta College Peer Mentors are students who are selected and trained to assist first year students in their academic and social transition to the college and to support First Year Experience faculty and staff in the FYE courses.
About the Peer Mentor Program
The Peer Mentor Program connects upper-level students with First-Year Students and their FYE classrooms. Peer Mentors serve as social and academic support for First Year Students by modeling excellent academic and personal skills; holding office hours and study sessions; serving as a resource by answering questions ("Where do I go if I need to pay my tuition?"); and providing a connecting link to the campus and its activities.
Being a first-year student can be exciting, overwhelming, and challenging—all at once! Peer Mentors are there to help students make the best of their first year of college. They are near-peers—they've been first-year students not too long ago, but they've advanced through that stage. Their knowledge and experience of the campus, of residence halls, of extracurricular activities, and of majors and courses makes them ideal resources for the first-year student. Further, these are not just any old students. Peer Mentors have been selected and trained to address the needs of First Year Students—and they look forward to doing so!
FAQS About Peer Mentors
Peer Mentors are Marietta College students who want to make a positive difference in the lives of First-Year Students. Each and every one is unique, having different backgrounds, varying world views, and different interests and experiences. What unites them is that they are some of Marietta College's best and brightest: academically strong, active on campus, and desiring to aid first-year student's transition to college.
Peer Mentors are assigned to FYE classes, so there is one mentor for every 18 students. However, not all FYE classes currently have Peer Mentors. If you have a question for a Peer Mentor and do not have one of your own, you can drop by one of the mentor's office hours. He or she would be happy to assist you.
Becoming a Peer Mentor is a great personal and professional move! Being a peer mentor comes with many benefits: it allows a person to use the insight gained at Marietta college to help others; it offers training that you can be used beyond mentoring; and it's a great opportunity to build resumes! Peer Mentors are role models and leaders in the community—and employers like that!
FAQS About Becoming a Peer Mentor
Recruitment and selection for Peer Mentoring begins at the end of each fall semester and continues into the spring semester. Candidates must be rising sophomores, juniors or seniors. They must have a GPA of 2.75 or above, and have a clean judicial record. If these criteria are met, then the candidate must:
- Apply for the program.
- Interview for the program.
- If accepted, you will be required to take LEAD 271 (1 credit) in the spring semester. This is the foundational class for peer mentoring, and it must be passed with a "B" or above.
Those who are accepted to the Peer Mentoring program will/must:
- Participate in a training course for Peer Mentors and their Faculty Partners
- Participate in select Orientation training and be involved in Orientation Week
- Take LEAD 272 (2 credits) in the fall semester in which they mentor (can be combined with the 1-credit LEAD 271 for a "K" General Education designation)
- Fulfill the tasks and duties agreed upon with the Faculty Partner. These will include holding 2 hours of office hours a week and hosting 2 out-of-class-activities (one academic, one extracurricular)
- Maintain a 2.75 GPA and a clean judicial record