Throughout the year the Peer Academic Mentors develop and run workshops to help students navigate the different aspects of the academic life of the college student at Southwestern. The following list is what you can look forward to during the 2012-2013 academic year:
AUGUST (First-Year Orientation Week)
- “Your Perfect Schedule/Time Management”
Pirate Training is almost over and you already feel busy? You’re not alone, and there’s only going to be more fun things to do during your career as a student here. Come get some free food and learn some proven skills for time management from your Peer Academic Mentors–who’ve already done this before–and get ready to make the most of everything Southwestern has to offer.
- “Why Are You Here/Setting Goals”
Don’t worry everyone, you made it to college: the hard part is over. But what do you want to do next? Come sit down with the Peer Mentors and start setting some goals. Then, we’ll talk about developing some skills for success in and out of the classroom to achieve those goals, even personalizing them based off your personality type and what you want to accomplish! This is a great way to build a foundation for your Southwestern career that you won’t want to miss!
- “Top 10 Things You Should Know”
Do you have a million questions in your head and don’t know who to ask? You just got to college, so of course you do! Come get all your questions (from social life to academic life) answered in one place by upperclassmen who’ve been there! Join us as the Peer Academic Mentors provide you with information essential for your college experience-free of charge and giftcards to be had!
- “Breaking the Ice”
Join us for sno cones and a friendly chat. Meet your very own personal Peer Academic Mentor during this casual Q & A session about how to get the most out of your liberal arts education.
- “Note Taking: The Write Way”
High school strategies for note-taking often don’t translate easily to the college classroom. Don’t worry—we’ve got a few tricks up our sleeves to get the most out of your class time so you don’t have to cram later on.
No witty title yet, but don’t let that mislead you! This workshop will give you the pep talk you need to finish the semester strong.
- “Study Snacks and Schedules”
A personal favorite of several Peer Academic Mentors, this workshop is just how it sounds! We will help you relax before finals and make your very own schedule so you know that you can handle your exams with ease. Join us for some healthy snacks (designed to help your brain!) and a calm environment to get your academic and social calendars in order.
- “Couches and Coffee”
Now that you are in college, you will need to find new and more productive ways to study. You will have learned by now that pulling an all-nighter is no longer the best way to prepare. Find out how to maximize your study time, and learn how the “when, where and how” you study, can have a huge impact on your potential academic success.
- “Choosing a Major”
We will have a panel of real, live, Southwestern students to impart their wealth of knowledge about the majors we offer here at SU. Come with an open mind—you never know where you will be led by your liberal arts education (or the persuasion of your peers—did I mention the Psych Department is AWESOME?)!
Southwestern is all about the 10-page essays and 26-page research papers— believe me, we know. That’s why we’ve teamed up with the Debbie Ellis Writing Center to help you learn the fundamentals of quality writing. Bring whatever you’re working on, and you’ll receive one-on-one attention that is specific to the subject you need help with!
- “How to Use Summer Wisely”
Playing in the hose is fun, but it does not do much for your resume. For a successful Southwestern student, summer yields many opportunities for experiences from which you can learn a lot and that can make you more attractive to graduate schools and potential employers. Learn from the mentors about the different options such as summer school, internships, study abroad, and more.
**Dates, times and locations are to be determined. Watch your email and contact a PAM to find out more!**