Student Outreach Services’ Peer Mentor Program serves first-year students by fostering excellence through social and academic integration. The Peer Mentor Program is made up of juniors and seniors who help, advise, and provide resources for incoming first-year and transfer students. As active student leaders, Peer Mentors share personal experiences to assist and help ease the transition from high school and other colleges to Western’s campus.
Want to get involved in clubs, intramural sports or student government and affairs? Ask your Peer Mentor! Mentors provide students with the help needed to find a place at Western. Peer Mentors provide a student’s perspective on the best places to eat, know-how regarding bus routes and other transportation needs, insight to who the “best” professors are, and send alerts on upcoming events on campus. Students have a ready resource for answers to questions ranging from how to get involved in student activities to how to add a class or declare a major.
How does it work?
First-year and new transfer students apply to become participants in the Peer Mentor Program through Student Outreach Services. Once selected, mentors and mentees are matched based on their compatibility.
The purpose of a mentoring relationship in college is to help students overcome the challenges often associated with the transition to their first year at Western. Peer Mentors provide academic and personal support and build bridges between their mentees and departments and resources across campus.
Want more information? Want to register for a Peer Mentor?
For more information about the Peer Mentor Program or to sign up to have a Peer Mentor, contact Natalie Magnus at Natalie.Magnus@wwu.edu or by phone at (360) 650-3558.