The purpose of the Peer mentoring program is to help incoming students adjust to life at University of West Georgia and the Honors experience by enhancing group support and community within the Honors College.  

Peer mentors are current upper division students in the Honors College that work with groups of 5-10 newly admitted Honors College students throughout the academic year.

In addition to small group meetings and events determined by the mentor/mentee groups, the Peer Mentors also work with the Honors Council, the student governing body of the Honors College to plan several large-scale meetings and community engagement events and help facilitate student involvement in these activities.

  • Peer Mentoring Objectives

    Peer Mentoring Objectives  

    • To enhance group support and community within the Honors College
    • To assist new students with transition to UWG
    • To encourage mutually beneficial, positive and lasting relationships between students
    • To  provide peer mentors with opportunities for developing skills in leadership, group facilitation, communication and event-planning
    • To enhance mentees’ abilities to interact comfortably with people and groups from diverse backgrounds
  • Peer Mentor Details

    Peer Mentor Details

    Being a Peer Mentor is a great opportunity for upper division students to serve the Honors College community. Peer mentors are expected to meet the following requirements:

    • Participate in a mandatory ½ day training session that will take place at the end of Spring Semester and a refresher training at the beginning of Fall Semester
    • Provide a picture and bio to be posted on the Honors College Website
    • Introduce yourself to your mentees prior to Fall Semester
    • Attend the Honors College Orientation and Cookout on the last day of Pack Premiere (usually the day before Fall classes begin) to meet your mentees
    • Meet with mentees as a group at least 3 times each semester and help facilitate student involvement in and the planning of Honors College/Honors Council community engagement and social events including planning at least one Popcorn and Conversation series topic with Mentoring Group
    • Maintain an open line of communication throughout the semester with mentees
    • Remind students about upcoming events and encourage students to attend programs sponsored by the Honors College and/or Honors Council
    • Refer students to campus resources
    • Log all contact dates you have with your mentees using the student contact form
    • Meet with the Honors College Advisor once a month during designated Monday Night Honors events from 5-7pm. 
  • Peer Mentor Application

    Peer Mentor Application

     

    All applicants must have completed at least 30 credit hours and be in good academic standing in the Honors College to be considered for the positions of Peer Mentor.  If you are unsure of your Honors College Standing, please email honors@westga.edu.  

    We are now accepting Peer Mentor applications for the 2020-2021 academic year.  To apply, click on the link below. The application deadline is Friday, April 10th.
     
    Peer Mentor Application (Google Form)
  • Peer Mentee Details

    Peer Mentee Details

    A Peer Mentee Application will be provided to all incoming Honors College students prior to their orientation session to assist with matching students with a mentor.  Students will have an opportunity to select their top two choices for a mentor after viewing brief bios of the Peer Mentoring Team, allowing students to connect with someone with similar interests or experiences.   Students will be assigned to mentoring groups based on “themes” comprised of up to 10 students per mentor.

    Once paired, students will be provided with the name of their mentor.  Before arriving on campus, students will receive an introduction email from their mentor and will have an opportunity to meet with their mentor at the Honors College Cookout on day 2 of Pack Premiere.

    Throughout the academic year, there will be many opportunities for students to engage with their mentoring group through small group meetings and other Honors College meetings and events.  We hope this program will allow students the opportunity to ask questions, meet new friends, get involved, build connections, and start to become part of the Honors College community of scholars.   

Peer Mentoring Groups 2020-2021

Listed below are descriptions of the Honors College Peer Mentoring Groups for the 2020-2021 Academic year.  

 
Grace Beagles, English

Hi! My name is Grace Beagles and I am an English major and Creative Writing minor. I'm excited to help new students branch out at UWG and make friends and get involved with organizations on campus! I know how much I loved having a person that I could contact with questions, and I can't wait to be that person for others.



Cyerra Barnes, Business Management 

Hi! I'm Cyerra, a Business Management major at UWG! I am excited to get to know the new UWG students, create wonderful memories, and help them have a fulfilling college experience. I love being able to challenge myself with different classes, connecting with new people, and being apart of something that will promote self-growth for the future.



Heather Cook, English & Global Studies

Hi! My name is Heather, and I am an English and Global Studies major. My peer mentor was always there for me when I needed her. Even if it was for something silly, like how to cite a source on a paper, she was always a text away. She was one of my first friends on campus! I am excited to be able to experience the joys of helping people, as well as hearing fresh ideas from our freshmen!

 


Payton Massey, Marketing

Hi! My name is Payton and I am a Marketing major. I'm excited to act as a friend and guide to incoming Honors College students. I love that I will be a helping hand to someone new and hopefully become someone a new student can rely or just a friend on a stressful day.  When I was a freshman, I always knew there was someone I could reach out to if I ever needed anything. This is a real comfort when you are navigating through your first year. 

 


Miranda Pepe, Mass Communications

Hi! My name is Miranda and I am a Mass Communications major! I am excited to get to meet the new Honors students and help introduce them to the Honors College at UWG! My peer mentor ended up becoming one of my closest friends during my freshman year because of how much we got to interact with one another. She helped me with so many things! 



Zoe Wheat, Mathematics

Hi, I'm Zoe and I am a Mathematics major. I’m excited to get to know new people and become a friendly face for all the new Honors College students. My Peer Mentor helped encourage me to get involved and meet new people on campus and I hope to encourage you in the same way!

   
   
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    Grace Beagles, English

    Hi! My name is Grace Beagles and I am an English major and Creative Writing minor. I'm excited to help new students branch out at UWG and make friends and get involved with organizations on campus! I know how much I loved having a person that I could contact with questions, and I can't wait to be that person for others.





  • Cyerra Barnes, Business Management 

    Hi! I'm Cyerra, a Business Management major at UWG! I am excited to get to know the new UWG students, create wonderful memories, and help them have a fulfilling college experience. I love being able to challenge myself with different classes, connecting with new people, and being apart of something that will promote self-growth for the future.





  • Heather Cook, English & Global Studies

    Hi! My name is Heather, and I am an English and Global Studies major. My peer mentor was always there for me when I needed her. Even if it was for something silly, like how to cite a source on a paper, she was always a text away. She was one of my first friends on campus! I am excited to be able to experience the joys of helping people, as well as hearing fresh ideas from our freshmen!

     




  • Payton Massey, Marketing

    Hi! My name is Payton and I am a Marketing major. I'm excited to act as a friend and guide to incoming Honors College students. I love that I will be a helping hand to someone new and hopefully become someone a new student can rely or just a friend on a stressful day.  When I was a freshman, I always knew there was someone I could reach out to if I ever needed anything. This is a real comfort when you are navigating through your first year. 

     




  • Miranda Pepe, Mass Communications

    Hi! My name is Miranda and I am a Mass Communications major! I am excited to get to meet the new Honors students and help introduce them to the Honors College at UWG! My peer mentor ended up becoming one of my closest friends during my freshman year because of how much we got to interact with one another. She helped me with so many things! 





  • Zoe Wheat, Mathematics

    Hi, I'm Zoe and I am a Mathematics major. I’m excited to get to know new people and become a friendly face for all the new Honors College students. My Peer Mentor helped encourage me to get involved and meet new people on campus and I hope to encourage you in the same way!


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