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 Dhall — 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 before your arrival and introduce him or herself. Once you get on campus, you, your Peer Mentor, and your Peer Mentor group will go through orientation together to prepare you for your transition from high school to college life. By the end, we promise you will feel more than ready to start your Washington College career!
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, your Peer Mentor group will likely be your classmates in your OrientationExplore! group. This means that on your first day of class, you will already have some familiar faces, which allows you to start your academic journey with a solid foundation.
Luckily, your Peer Mentor’s work is not yet done once your classes begin. Throughout the entire year, your Peer Mentor will continue to meet with your group and you, individually, to make sure that your transition is smooth and complete. Don’t be surprised if your Peer Mentor organizes a trip for pizza or sushi for your group the week before spring final exams! They will remind you about post-orientation events and other programs for first-year students. They may also draw your attention to interesting lectures, concerts, open mic nights, and many other college traditions and events at Washington College. It is your Peer Mentor’s utmost responsibility and promise to continue to check in with you to make sure that all remains comfortable and successful. For many of you, you will find that your Peer Mentor becomes a valued friend and guide for your entire four years at Washington College.