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Peer Academic Mentors

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Support the efforts of Peer Academic Mentors as they assist fellow SU students.
Goal: $500
Amount Achieved: $35
Completion Date: December 31

The Peer Academic Mentoring program is an important resource that benefits nearly SU 400 students each year. We need your support to help make the program even more effective.

The Peer Academic Mentors are a group of seven junior and senior-level students, headquartered in the Center for Academic Success, who are trained to assist their peers with the adjustment to the challenging Southwestern coursework. The Mentors offer individual coaching and group workshop opportunities throughout the year, and are paired with First-Year Seminar sections as a way to support new students in particular.

Their goal is to give as many students as possible the tools to success at SU. Your support will help improve the overall program, particularly with more robust training for the Mentors, and increased programming for the students. Here are some thoughts from current Mentors on why this program is valuable and worthy of support:
“The best thing about the peer academic mentor program is that it helps to foster a community of trust and understanding, an essential part of what it means to “be Southwestern.” – Kevin Hutzler, ‘13

“Students love talking to other students; it is so much easier to take advice and gain knowledge from someone who has been in the same position as you.” – Taylore Oldfield, ‘13

“Last spring I worked with a student off and on for an entire semester to get her grades up so she could get accepted to a study abroad program–this fall, she stopped me on the mall to thank me for helping her out before she leaves for Ecuador in the spring.” – Brady Kent, ‘13