Not sure where to begin your Drexel experience as a first-year student? Not to worry – in Drexel Materials, our Peer Mentor program has your back.
Each fall, all incoming Drexel Materials first-year students are paired with department juniors, who act as mentors and guides for first-year students at Drexel. For many incoming students, transitioning from high school to college can be challenging and intimidating. This program focuses on helping students with a smooth and successful academic and social transition by providing opportunities for social interaction and assistance with learning about department, college, and university resources. It also helps to better integrate first-year students into the Drexel Materials community early in their academic careers. Mentors have the benefit of not only helping to build the cohesiveness of the Drexel Materials community, but also to add this valuable experience to their resumes.
Each junior, a volunteer who applies to be a mentor, receives training to mentor two or three mentees with whom they meet in person once or twice per term, as well as keep in regular contact with via e-mail or text. As a group, the mentors and mentees participate in a social event once per term with Sarit Kunz, assistant director of student services. Past events include visits to the Science History Institute, bowling nights, and Phillies games.