Peer Mentors

Summer 2019 Application Now Available


  • A mentor is an experienced student who has volunteered to assist the Odyssey Peer Mentoring Program because of their genuine interest in the educational and personal advancement of students. Mentors function as coaches, friends, and role models.

  • Any student who has completed two semesters and who is willing to spend at least one hour twice a month during the semester with a new first year or transfer student is eligible to participate as a mentor. Mentors must have a GPA of 2.5 and not be on academic probation. The program director will notify students whether they have been selected to be a mentor.

  • Serving as a mentor is voluntary, but requires specific responsibilities, which include:

    • Assist in the development of skills necessary for mentees to succeed in college
    • Guide the development of realistic career/academic goals and expectations
    • Motivate mentee toward achieving academic excellence
    • Create success through caring
    • Serve as a resource and referral person for the mentee and a positive role model, friend, and confidante
    • Encourage the mentee to interact frequently with his/her academic advisor and KSU personnel
    • Provide support, encouragement, and positive perspectives
    • Give feedback on observed behavior and report performance and concerns to program director
    • Establish and maintain ongoing contact with the program coordinator to discuss student progress and elicit feedback as needed to ensure success
    • Meet with the mentee at agreed upon intervals for feedback and planning
    • Maintain a log of mentor activities to be shared with the program staff
    • Encourage mentees to utilize campus resources
    • Share knowledge and experiences
    • Enhance self-esteem
    • Shape educational, leadership, career and learning goals
    • Gain self-renewal
    • Develop a new generation of successful advocates
    • Gain recognition for service
    • Experience a feeling of pride in seeing the mentee learn and focus on goals
    • Enjoy the feeling of being useful and supportive
    • Appreciate the ability to lead the mentee to higher levels of thinking