Why Connect with a Mentor?

The first few weeks of university can be pretty overwhelming – where to go, how to use campus resources, how to meet people and connect with your department. This is all pretty normal, but doesn’t mean it can be easy. This is where a Peer Mentor can step in.

Connecting with a Peer Mentor means you will have someone to ask all your questions, someone to help connect with campus resources, show you around, help you learn more about your program and learn how to get involved on campus, and get adjusted to your new surroundings during your first few weeks at Carleton. Mentoring programs through the Student Experience Office are free and provide you with direct support in the transition to Carleton.

Meeting regularly over the first few weeks of your university career, Peer Mentors are trained, upper year students who can provide great resources and support for first year students, and help you get off to a great start here at Carleton. Your Peer Mentor would be registered in a similar academic program to ensure you can get the most out of this experience and will have a flexible schedule similar to yours to ensure that you have a chance to meet weekly.

Having a mentor is a great way to become connected to the campus, focus on your academic success and personal growth, gain support from your peers at Carleton, and make connections with other students.

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“The best part about being a peer mentor is welcoming first year students to the Carleton community and seeing them grow during their time here. Signing up to get a mentor is one of the smartest things a Raven can do! First Year Connections is a great way to meet an upper year student who can cheer you on and help you transition from high school to university” – Lauren, Summer Orientation Leader- Mentorship Initiatives

Registration for First Year Connections will open in Summer 2017. If you are an incoming first year student, you are eligible to be paired with an upper-year student mentor.

Please email mentoring@carleton.ca if you would like more information!