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Engineering Peer Mentorship Program kicks off in September

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Trisha Radulovich
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New peer mentorship program kicks-off with session on Sept. 4, at 5 p.m. in the FAMU-FSU College of Engineering A building atrium

Finding a mentor is important in engineering, especially for new students in the major. FAMU-FSU College of Engineering is launching a new peer mentorship program to help students with the transition of being at a new school and provide a peer network to help the student succeed both socially and academically.

“The first year of college can be tough and surrounding yourself with people who have been down the path you are about to go on can be invaluable,” Miranda Manning said. “The dynamic of peer-to-peer mentorship can be very powerful and helps build a network that can make that first year go much better.” Manning is the Director of Student Life and Outreach for the college.

In the new program, students from all engineering majors are matched with mentors based on academic interest.

Upper-division students may volunteer to be mentors, helping their peers navigate the ins and outs of the engineering college. The group currently has 80 mentors available to help. More than 120 new (mostly freshmen) students seeking mentors have signed up so far. 

If you are interested in becoming a mentor or would like help, contact Antoinette Velazquez, program director, for more information.

Mentors: Student mentors must be entering their third year of college and have passed pre-engineering. Mentors attend one or two events each semester, including kick-off (September) and catch-up (October) meetings. 

Mentees: Any engineering student may request a mentor, but the program focuses on freshmen and transfer engineering students for social and academic mentoring.

For more information:
Antoinette Velazquez
Communications Chair