Why CoSM Mentoring Circles
College is a big step for many young adults. Studies show that students who have a positive first-year college experience are more prepared academically and socially for challenges they may face. Also, developing a sense of connection with their college increases their likelihood of degree completion.
Quality mentorship programs, such as CoSM Mentoring Circles, bring first-year students together with faculty, staff, and experienced students to make valuable connections. As a supplement to academic advising, mentors help guide students through their first year by cultivating a smooth transition socially and academically.
How to Sign-Up
Each first-year student in the College of Science and Mathematics will be assigned a mentor and will meet with their mentoring group every couple of weeks for support and an improved understanding of college life and academic success.
First-year students may be undecided on a major or career, struggling to navigate financial aid, or in building new relationships. A mentor can use their institutional knowledge to assist students in these areas. As part of this program, we intend to do the following:
- Academic Follow Ups: Mentors will connect with their mentees and help teach lessons on topics such as time management, goal setting, studying strategies, registration and financial literacy
- Social Follow Ups: Led by the CoSM Dean’s Circle, program sponsored group events will be organized that bring first-year students and mentors together for activities throughout the year
- Leader Initiated Follow-Ups: Through texts, emails or phone calls, mentors will send encouragement, advice, and invitations to college activities on a more individual basis with their mentees
Mentoring is more than a one-day event. It is a program that provides mentoring throughout the first year of a student’s college journey. Through this program, we hope to achieve the following goals with first-year students:
- A stronger connection to college faculty, staff, and students
- An increased sense of belonging and confidence
- Improved skills in time management, study strategies, financial literacy and utilization of resources
- Improvement in academic performance
- Increased student retention and enrollment
- A successful and smooth first-year experience
This program has been funded through a grant award from Wright-Patt Credit Union.