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 C-SEMP, bring first-year students together with faculty, staff, and experienced students making valuable connections. As a supplement to academic advising, mentors help guide students through their first-year by facilitating a smooth transition socially and academically.
The C-SEMP program is highly recommended for all first-year students who are interested in constructive interactions with a mentor leading to improved understanding of college life and academic success.
How to sign-up
First-year CoSM students who wish to have a mentor (or those who wish to become a mentor) should complete one of the appropriate online forms. To access select one of the below buttons. By doing so, you will be intentionally paired with a mentor / mentee.
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: occurring primarily through monthly emails, 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 a variety of activities such as group lunches, college social events and athletic games
- 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
C-SEMP is more than a one-day event. It is a structured transition program that provides mentoring throughout the entire first year of a student’s college journey. Through this program, we hope to achieve the following goals for 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
You can enhance your first-year college experience, or offer support to a first-year college student by signing-up to become a mentee / mentor today!
This program is funded through a grant award from Wright Patt Credit Union.