Sacramento State's Student Affairs Division launched the Peer Mentor program during 2002-2003 as a collaborative effort with Academic Affairs' FYE program to help first-time students make the challenging transition to college life. Over the past 11 years, the program has grown from a team of 5, to 39 peer mentors serving between 1200-1300 first year students in fall 2012 (note that the EOP program utilizes Instructional Student Assistants rather than Peer Mentors, so none of the EOP FYE seminars or Learning Communities has a Peer Mentor).
Students who enroll in a University First Year Seminar and/or Learning Community, have an assigned peer mentor. Peer mentors (sophomores, juniors, seniors, or graduate students who have often have experienced FYE themselves) assist first year students by serving as an academic peer advisor, a resource to the campus and community, and a mentor to assist with the transition to Sacramento State. Peer Mentors collaborate with FYE faculty to enhance the classroom experience for students; they also attend at least one class session each week. These relationships help to establish positive first year experiences, improve morale, expand the quality of service, and foster a stronger connection to and engagement with the campus community, ultimately working synergistically with other components of FYE to increase the retention and graduation rate of FYE participants.
Peer Mentors & First Year Seminar
If you are enrolled in a First Year Seminar and/or Learning Community you will have a Peer Mentor assigned to you. Peer Mentors (typically sophomores, juniors, seniors, or graduate students) assist first year students by serving as an academic peer advisor, a resource to the campus and community, and a mentor to assist with the transition to Sacramento State. Peer Mentors collaborate with assigned department faculty to enhance the classroom experience for students.
Discussion Topics with your Peer Mentor
Peer mentors will help provide guidance to students in many ways covering various topics, including:
- One-on-one advising
- Career exploration
- Study groups
- Time management, study skills, general education workshops
- Getting involved in student/campus life at Sacramento State
- My Sac State – one stop student portal
- Graduation requirements
- Academic policies
- Resources and tools for course planning/scheduling
- Referral to faculty with relevant academic and/or career information
- Campus resources available to support academic, personal and career development
- General support and encouragement
For issues or items not on the above list, please refer to Academic Advising.
Meeting with Your Peer Mentor
During the first day of class in your first year seminar or learning community you will be assigned a peer mentor. An introductory meeting with your peer mentor will be scheduled within the first five (5) weeks of the fall semester. In addition, an individual academic advising session with your peer mentor will occur near the end of the first semester, before your registration appointment for the next semester’s courses.
Contacting Your Peer Mentor
To contact your peer mentor please see your course syllabus (first year seminar or learning community classes).
Becoming a Peer Mentor
Thank you for your interest in applying for the Fall 2015 Peer Mentor team, unfortunately we are no longer accepting applications.
Questions? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org