First-Year Mentoring Program

First-Year Mentoring Program, full launch Fall 2018: PSU is committed to the success of its students. We are piloting a mentoring program this semester with full rollout to the entire freshman class planned for Fall 2018. The First-Year Mentoring Program will converge with the First-Year Seminar, a mandatory introductory course for freshmen that fosters critical thinking, encourages deep inquiry and provides a platform for working across disciplines. Each First-Year Seminar focuses on developing solutions to a specific, real-world “Wicked Problem.”

Alumni Mentors will be expected to commit up to 5 hours per month throughout the 2018-19 academic year. Mentors are invited to choose which “Wicked Problem” they would like to work on and will be matched with 5 first year mentees in that Seminar. Regular communication is encouraged via text, Skype, e-mail, and other online platforms, with the strong recommendation for at least one face-to-face meeting. In-person meetings will be facilitated during Homecoming & Family Celebration weekend, September 28-30, 2018.

Mentor/mentee engagements may extend to serving as a guest speaker to the entire class, participating on a panel discussion and attending the First-Year Seminar symposium. This program will be fully supported by the Offices of Alumni Relations and Career Development as well as First-Year Seminar faculty.

Mentor/mentee assignments are expected to take place in August 2018. Please sign up here if you are interested in learning more about becoming a mentor for the 2018-19 academic year.

  • Please provide us with a brief overview of your career track.
  • Degree and Field of Study