Your First Year

Become a Peer Mentor



The Peer Mentor Application

The deadline for applications for the 2018-2019 academic year is February 14, 2018. 

Please note that in addition to some basic information about you, the application also asks for two brief essays. You may want to type these essays up ahead of time and cut and paste them into the form. The essay questions are:

1)  In 300 words or less, describe a specific study skill or technique that you have developed at Washington College that has helped you succeed academically.

2) In 300 words or less, describe (with at least one concrete example) how you believe you act as a positive role model for other students at Washington College.

Each application must be supported by two references which are submitted electronically by the person completing the reference. One must be from a faculty or staff member and another from a student leader who has seen you interact with your fellow students. You should forward the link to this page to those who have agreed to be a reference for you and ask them to complete the reference form and submit it electronically no later than February 14th.

Click Here to Complete a Peer Mentor Application

Click Here to Complete a Peer Mentor Reference Form


Interested in Becoming a Peer Mentor?

We are looking for students…

…who want to join a college-wide team to help new students become:

  • Informed about Washington College
  • Prepared for college life
  • Connected to the school community

…with the following characteristics:

  • An interest in helping new students understand college life
  • An appreciation for people from diverse backgrounds and lifestyles
  • An enthusiasm for Washington College
  • An ability to serve as a positive personal and academic role model
  • An eagerness to become more knowledgeable about campus resources
  • A desire to develop leadership skills through new challenges

…who will:

Make a commitment to being involved in the program from the Spring 2018 through the Spring 2019 semester

Participate in training during the week prior to graduation

Mentor a group of 12-15 new students during a summer EXPLORE Program, orientation week and the fall semester with on-going support from the Washington College staff

Return to campus in August 2018 and actively participate in all aspects of EXPLORE and orientation week

…and gain the following benefits:

  • A stipend
  • Membership in an elite team of 35 trained student peer mentors
  • Recognition from the Washington College community for service and leadership
  • Leadership skill development and résumé-worthy experience
  • An opportunity to work with other outstanding Washington College students and staff
  • A T-shirt

…for an application:

Access the online application and reference forms by clicking on the link at the top of this page. 

For More Information

Contact: Candace Wannamaker, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, or Rachel Boyle, Director, Prevention Education and Advocacy. Peer Mentor Applications are due February 14, 2018.