The first year of college is a huge adjustment. Success in the first year dramatically raises the odds of graduating. The Counseling Center has a peer mentoring program focused on helping first year students get the most out of their experience. The mentors are upper level students, generally nursing or psychology majors. They commit to meeting with their assigned first year students once a week, for lunch or dinner, to hang out, or to attend an event on campus. They are knowledgeable about the campus and can help students find organizations to join and figure out the ins and outs of campus services. All first year students who seek counseling services are offered a mentor. The mentor and mentee meet in the counselor's office, exchange contact info and arrange for their first get together. The mentoring program is known as Compeer, an old English word which means an equal friend. Mentors receive training and can earn academic credit for participation in the program.
For more information about the program, or information about becoming a mentor or mentee, please contact Dr. Sarah Conklin.
Compeer, Inc. 'Making Friends. Changing Lives.'
Need another class? Be a Compeer volunteer for academic credit.
Training I Wed, Feb. 8 5 pm to 8 pm
Training II Wed, Feb 15 5 pm to 8 pm
Discussion Group Wed, Mar 14 5 pm to 7 pm
Discussion Group Wed, April 18 5 pm to 7 pm
Discussion Group Wed, May 9 5 pm to 7 pm
All trainings and discussion groups will meet in LARTS - 214
First year students are welcome as volunteers. Sophomore or above standing and a 2.0 or better gpa is necessary to receive credit. Students earn 1 credit per semester and may take the Compeer experience for credit for up to 6 semesters. Students may earn experiential credits in psychology (Psych 298) or in nursing (psych 298). This is an excellent experience for pre-med, nursing, psych, soc, and pre-law students.
Students are assigned in pairs to programs that serve people with mental illness and spend a minimum of 2 hours a week at the program engaging in social and recreational activities with clients. Time slots are available on weekends and weekdays and during either the day or early evening. (Students without transportation can pair up with a student who has a car.) The paperwork for registering for credit will be completed during the training. Just show up if you are interested.
For more information, visit our website www.umassd.edu/compeer, call 508 999 8649 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.