Health Career Pathways Peer Mentors

Download: Mentor Application

The university environment can have a lot of unknowns, for many students. Often times the thought of going to faculty and other professional staff on campus can be intimidating. Students' perceptions, personalities, and past experiences can cause them to shy away from using valuable campus resources.

A Peer Mentor is another student who can serve as a resource, a helping hand, a sounding board, and a referral service. The job of peer mentors is to provide support, encouragement, and information to students in their department who are just beginning the graduate program.

As a student and peer, you are often in a unique position to help other students dissolve misperceptions and take advantage of the numerous opportunities and resources on campus that can help them succeed to their educational goals.

It is important to remember that any interaction you have with peers provides an opportunity to serve as a mentor!

Why become an SSHCP mentor?

Mentors will help guide freshmen students coming to campus through their first year on campus.  Successful mentors may earn satisfaction from knowing that they have helped their young friends to develop strong relationships with older peers, learn life skills, or master academic subjects. They may see significant improvements in academic performance, behavior, or communication skills in the young people they are working with and know that they have played a part in those changes.  Mentors will also accompany their peers to regional health care conferences, registration and transportation covered.

Being a Peer Mentor is about:

  • Building trusting relationships with other students
  • Helping students see their potential (even when they don't) and create a positive self-image
  • Sharing stories and experiences related to your educational career to help students develop good habits and see how you overcame challenges similar to theirs
  • Helping diminish fears related to interacting with faculty and campus professionals
  • Listening to students challenges/concerns and exploring campus resources that may help them
  • Helping student understand and navigate campus policies and procedures

Peer mentoring is not about:

  • Having all the answers.
  • Taking on the role of faculty, counselors, and advisors

For more information contact:

Dr. Mark A. Grobner
Biological Sciences
One University Circle
Turlock, CA 95382