A critical component of the LEAP program is an emphasis on students mentoring students. Each LEAP student is paired with a peer mentor and its common for LEAP students to become peer mentors themselves, as they move into upper years.
Someone to ask
Peer mentors are senior students who engage with first year students and support them in their transition from high school. They help new students get used to their new environment, their courses and to adjust to life as a Saint Mary's student. As time passes, peer mentors assist with other issues and encourage students to become involved on campus as much as possible.
A friendly face
Your peer mentor will send you an email greeting at the end of summer and will be there to meet you at the LEAP Orientation in September.
You can expect to see your peer mentor at least once per week during the fall semester at the LEAP 1000 Workshops and again, although less frequently, in the winter. Your peer mentor will also plan and organize social and academic programs. These include everything from study time and group work, to movie nights and participating in campus events.
Once the year begins, peer mentors create their own ways to communicate with their students, generally using email, text and Facebook.
Take a look at some of the members of the 2016-2017 Peer Mentor team!