The Arts and Sciences Honors Peer Mentor Program provides sophomores, juniors, and seniors with the opportunity to serve as a resource for first-year students in the ASC Honors Program.
Job Description: Peer Mentors are integrated into the ASC Honors survey class during autumn semester. In survey class, Peer Mentors will assist academic advisors in leading discussions on a variety of topics. Peer Mentors will also work together and with academic advisors to develop an interactive presentation/discussion for survey class on transition issues and adjusting to college life. Throughout the academic year, Peer Mentors will also provide information and support to first-year students.
Goals for the 2021-2022 School Year: The Peer Mentor Program has, at its core, a commitment to assisting first year Arts and Sciences Honors students transition to their college experience. In the 2020-2021 school year, our program, along with most other activities at Ohio State, changed dramatically in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our hope for 2021 is to return to the physical classroom, and to reinstate out of classroom opportunities for first year students to interact with the peer mentors in a less-structured setting.
Benefits to Mentors: Following the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) guidelines for development of career competencies, we encourage mentors to use this opportunity to build skills, especially in the areas of leadership, communication, collaboration, and work ethic. In a typical year, we will facilitate opportunities to grow these skills, and to explore how to both develop and frame your experiences to assist your future career path.
Our own research has demonstrated a distinct growth among mentors related to self-confidence, presentation skills, and self-reflection. We are pleased that so many of our mentors continue in the program for multiple years.
Commitment to Representation: The ASC Honors Peer Mentor Program supports the transition of diverse first year students into the strongest appropriate academic programs by providing them with near peer exemplars from a wide range of perspectives, affiliations, and experiences. We encourage students of all identities to apply to the Arts and Sciences Honors Peer Mentor Program.
Applications and information for the 2021-2022 Peer Mentor Program available here!
Applications will be due by 10:00pm on Monday, February 8, 2021.
Questions about the program or about the application process can be directed to Joanna Spanos.