“A mentor is a guide who leads a traveler on a pilgrimage of discovery.”-Harris Schenz (1990)
Adapting to university life can be overwhelming for many students. The goal of the mentoring aspect of SSS is to improve the retention and graduation rates. SSS mentors are upperclassmen that have exhibited academic proficiency and leadership abilities.
The mentors assist our participants by helping them to become acclimated to college life at UNM. The mentoring component can be a gratifying and wonderful experience because you have access to upperclassmen who know the ropes of UNM. Mentors promote and encourage their mentees to participate in events and activities to develop campus involvement. Mentees are able to discuss issues they are experiencing. The mentors offer their own experiences and provide essential information that one can only learn by experience.