Student to Student Mentors

Student to Student Mentors

About the Program

The Student-to-Student program links first-year students to returning ESF students in a mentoring relationship. Student-to-Student mentors help new students adapt to the ESF community through informal interactions and by sharing their tips for academic and personal success. This mentorship program requires preparation and a semester-long commitment on the part of the upper class student mentors.

For First Year Students ("Mentees"):

You will meet many Orientation Leaders when you arrive on campus for Orientation - they will be the students responsible for getting you psyched about SUNY ESF and making you feel at home throughout Orientation Weekend. A portion of these energetic students will continue this responsibility by regularly meeting throughout the semester with assigned groups of new students (like yourself!). These "mentors" will help you adjust to the ESF community by taking you to campus and community events and sharing their best tips for academic and personal success. There are also three specific presentations linked to your 132 seminar course. Topics of these presentations include: learning resources, study skills, academic civility and advising strategies. You will learn more details about this program once you meet with your mentor and seminar instructor.

The Student to Student Mentoring program is an extremely wise and worthwhile investment of your time! You will have an opportunity to meet your mentor and the rest of your group on Saturday of Orientation week. Take advantage of this very important resource!

For Mentors:

Instructors: Scott J. Blair, Kurt Stavenhagen

Students must have permission from instructors first before enrolling in this course.

About the Course

This course is designed to give ESF students a chance to work on their leadership skills while also contributing to the ESF First-Year Experience. This one-credit course will give you a chance to continue using the training you will receive during Orientation and to serve the ESF community by mentoring first year students.

Mentors will attend team meetings, participate in discussions of first-year student concerns, and write reflective pieces about their experiences. As a mentor, you will be assigned a group of first-year students. Your responsibility will be to help these students adjust to college life and become active members of the ESF community. Regular mentor to mentee meetings will serve as a forum for questions, comments, tours, introductions, discussions and training to help provide a direct connection for new students to communicate with upper class students. Our expectation is that the meetings will be informal and fun, and that you will serve as a role model to the first year students.

Course Requirements

Staff meetings for mentors:
Mentors: it is especially important that you be prepared to contribute your ideas and your feedback at these team meetings. This is your chance to help shape the First Year Experience at ESF.

The first meeting is held during the first week of Orientation Leader training. Time and place for the is TBA.

Meetings with small group:
You will each be assigned a group of first year students and given their e-mail addresses at the first staff meeting. We are asking that you meet with your small group once a week during the first month and then once every two weeks for the rest of the semester. The meetings should last about an hour or so.

The agenda for small group meetings will be largely based on the concerns, questions, and issues of the students in the group, but a general discussion plan will be provided by the Mentor Leadership team. The meetings should also be a chance to introduce the first year students to the ESF community. Mentors are strongly required to expose our first-year students to the diverse array of programming and engagement opportunities on the ESF and SU campus.

Written work:
Every time you meet with your group, you are expected to talk about the experience. What concerns do the first year students have? What questions did they ask? What problems are they having socially or academically? Which topic sparked the best discussion? What event did you attend? What was the reaction of the students? What might we do differently next year? Short reflection essays are required for each class/team meeting session during the Fall semester.

At the last class/team meeting, Mentors will present the results of their end of semester project where Mentors will be required to create a 'program' that will benefit the first-year students end of semester experience. Details of the project will be provided during the semester.

For more information, please contact the staff below for program goals and other inquiries:

Contact Information

Scott J. Blair

Academic Success and New Student Programs
110 Bray Hall


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