Honors Mentor Program
On behalf of the University Honors Student Association and the University Honors Program, I welcome you and thank you for your interest in the Honors Mentors program. This program is a pillar of the Honors community, and a great introduction to what the Honors Program has to offer.
As a first-year or transfer UHP student, you will be paired with an older UHP student who has had similar experiences. Hearing insight about your first year, exploring the campus and Twin Cities, learning what the Honors Program has to offer from a student perspective, and asking questions to an older student are just some of the benefits of being a mentee.
Mentors—who are sophomores, juniors, or seniors—will provide support to new UHP students through the college transition, answer questions about the Honors Program, introduce mentees to campus, and reflect on their own experiences.
The Honors Mentor Program is a great way to meet other UHP students and foster community. We encourage incoming students to look for sign-up instructions in the post-Orientation email they will receive from UHP. If you have any questions, or if you are interested in being a mentor, please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Maria Moy, 2021-22 Honors Mentor Program Chair
GoalsOur goal is to make the first semester of college run smoothly for incoming students in the University Honors Program, and to provide leadership experience to UHP students in their sophomore, junior, and senior years. We match current students with an experienced UHP student. Matches are primarily based on colleges, major, and co-curricular activities of interest. We also provide the option to request a same-gender match.
ExpectationsThe program begins the first week of school with a kick-off event that provides an opportunity for first-years and mentors to meet for the first time and receive instructions to help them navigate the next four months of the program.
Mentorship pairs decide how often they would like to meet, what types of conversations they would like to have, and the activities they want to engage in.
Requirements for Mentors and Mentees
- Make a semester-long commitment
- Stay in regular contact throughout the fall semester
- Meet up at least three times during the fall semester
Fall 2021 Program Timeline
- June-Mid-August: Mentee and Mentor application period
- Last week of August: Matching notification period (matches sent by email)
- Late August: Virtual mentor training and mentors reach out to mentees
- First week of school: Mentor Kick-Off
- September-December: Mentorship pairs meet up at least three times
- Finals Week: Last week of the Honors Mentor Program
- January: Program evaluation period