First-Year Peer Mentoring

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In order for college students to be successful in their future careers, they should strive to become achievers that rise above and beyond traditional standards. One outstanding option to attain the skills that are required for students to accomplish their career objectives while they are studying in college is to participate in peer mentoring. There are numerous college campuses with peer mentoring programs. The advantage of choosing to become involved in a peer mentor program, as opposed to other volunteer programs, is shown through the fact that students do not have to go outside of the college campus to help others.

Students can participate in peer mentoring programs as seniors to help guide freshman as they enter and embark on the journey of the college experience for the first time. The freshman class greatly needs proper advice from their peers that have already been through the college experience and have excelled in their studies. Peer mentors can provide information on campus life, the surrounding area where the college is located, studying tips, researching, and essay writing. These are all components that are crucial for students to become acquainted with as they start college in order for them to become successful during their first year. By receiving assurance from seniors, freshman students receive the confidence they need to find their place in college life and in this world.

Once you choose to become a peer mentor during your senior year of college, you become more experienced at proving your abilities to the world. You can prove your capabilities to your colleagues, your future employers, and your peers by applying the knowledge you received from your education to real life experiences that go beyond becoming a successful student, as you also prove that you have become an outstanding representative of your community.When you become a senior and are about to graduate, you should look back on your college experience and want to offer all that you learned to help others become successful because you were also once in the same uneasy position as the freshman at one time. Once you peer mentor college freshman as a senior, you will gain the leadership skills you need to succeed in the future and these skills will enhance your resume that future employers will review. Choosing to be a peer mentor helps students make the first and greatest transition in becoming a future success and you can make a difference by volunteering.

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About Julie Mathis

Julie Mathis was born in Birmingham, Al. on December 29, 1988, where she grew up as an only child. She attended Samford University, a prestigious private university in Birmingham where she majored in Nursing and I received honor medals from being included in the Dean’s List my freshman and sophomore years. She was a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta freshman honor society, and became a member of the fraternity, Zeta Tau Alpha. She then attended Birmingham-Southern College, one of America’s Best Liberal Arts Colleges, where she became a member of the honor society for English majors, Sigma Tau Delta, and graduated with the honorary status of Cum Laude from BSC. She is now a graduate student at Delta State University in Cleveland, MS., and she enjoys writing, reading, and studying the sciences as well as the humanities.

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