One of the great things about being a new Hokie in engineering is the amount of support you can receive from your upper-class peers who genuinely want to do whatever they can to help you have the best first semester possible.
Through the CEED Peer Mentoring Program you will be assigned to a small group of about 10 freshmen and one upper-class mentor. You will get together and talk about typical first-year issues – finding campus resources, connecting with faculty, exploring undergraduate research, and asking any questions you have about getting connected on campus. You also have an instant group of friends and potential study partners. We also plan some large social events for all the participants so you can meet others outside your small group. This is great way to start your first semester as a Hokie!
You may select which mentoring group you would like to join:
- AHORA (Academic Hispanic OutReach Alliance)
- BEST (Black Engineering Support Teams)
- GUEST (General Undergraduate Engineering Support Teams)
- WEST (Women in Engineering Support Teams)
If you decide this program is for you, you will find out our mentors are already on the ball even before you arrive for fall semester. You will receive a phone call from one of our mentors who will introduce him or herself and help you with any questions or concerns. ANY questions! They are available to help with advice about what to prepare for move-in, such as what supplies you should bring or what you should wait to buy after you move in. This first contact will show you what a great resource your mentor can be!
The weekend before classes begin, you will be invited to attend a welcome event with your mentor. This will be a great chance to meet the mentors and other mentees in the program and hit the ground running, making connections on campus. Your small group will determine when you would like to meet based on your schedules for the first 10 weeks of the fall semester. Some meetings will be on campus while others will be off campus. The off-campus meetings will be a great chance for your mentor to help you get to know the community around campus and take you to a meal compliments of CEED!
Two large social/professional development events, where all mentors and mentees interact, will take place during the semester. The first event, “Engineering Expo Prep,” will take place during the first few weeks of school and will help you prepare for one of the biggest engineering career fairs in the country, the SEC Engineering Expo. Free snacks will be provided for all students that attend! The second event, “The Major Scoop,” will be held closer to the end of the semester and will help you prepare for spring semester class registration while enjoying a “scoop” or two of free ice cream. Both events offer a multitude of opportunities for students to meet and socialize with their fellow engineers in addition to the valuable information that they will gain!
At the heart of all this activity and planning are engineering students who genuinely care about helping you have an excellent experience as a new Hokie. This program is supported by CEED staff, but it is truly run by the Peer Leaders and mentors. We hope you decide to join us!
If you are interested in becoming an upper-class mentor (engineering undergraduates only), please closely watch the engineering undergraduate listserv (sent out by Christi Boone). The 2018 application will be sent out on this listserv by the first full week of February!