Student Outreach Services’ Mentor Project serves first-year students by fostering excellence through social and academic integration.
The Mentor Project is made up of upper class students who help, advise, and provide resources for incoming first-year 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 food market, know-how regarding bus routes and other transportation needs, insight to who the "best" and "worst" professors are, and send alerts on upcoming events and concerts!
How does it work?
First-year students apply to become participants in one of the first-year success programs through Student Outreach Services. Once selected, mentors and mentees are matched based on compatibility questions, extracurricular activities, and academic interests.
The purpose of a mentoring relationship in college is to help students overcome the challenges often associated with the first year at the university. Peer Mentors provide academic and personal support and build bridges between their first-year mentees and student service departments across campus. First-year students have a ready resource for answer to questions ranging from how to get involved in student activities to how to add a class or declare a major.