Peer Mentor Program
Coming to a new place can be difficult but the Peer Mentors are here to make your transition to Washington College easier than you could have imagined!
Not everyone can be a Peer Mentor but those who are selected love what they do. Their job is to help new students find their way to their classes, figure out where they can do laundry, and learn the difference between the CAC and the DH. Still confused? Your Peer Mentor is here to help!.
Every new student is assigned to a Peer Mentor group, led by one of our outstanding Peer Mentors. Your Peer Mentor will contact you by e-mail prior to your arrival and introduce him or herself and help you get ready for your transition. Once you get on campus, you, your Peer Mentor, and your Peer Mentor group will go through orientation together and by the end, we promise you’ll feel ready to start your Washington College career!
Peer Mentor Groups
Peer Mentor groups generally consist of 10-15 new students and their Peer Mentor. For those of you who are starting Washington College in the fall (most of you!) your Peer Mentor group will also probably be your classmates in your GRW or ENG 101 section. So on your first day of class, you’ll already have friends in the class and and start your academic journey with a group of friends. Class discussion is much easier when you’re comfortable with your classmates.
Luckily, your Peer Mentor’s work isn’t done when you start classes. Throughout the year your Peer Mentor will continue to meet with your group and you individually to make sure that your transition is complete. In fact, don’t be surprised if your Peer Mentor organizes a Rita’s trip for your group the week before spring final exams! During the year they’ll also remind you about post-orientation events and other programs for first-year students. They’ll alert you to interesting lectures, concerts, and open mic nights at the student center. They’ll randomly check in with you just to make sure everything is okay. For many of you, you’ll find that your Peer Mentor becomes a valued friend and guide for the rest of your time at WAC.