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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Why the Peer Mentoring Program?
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The primary purpose of the Peer Mentoring Program is to increase the retention rate of minority and underrepresented college students who are the first in their family to attend college. When you begin your journey at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM), we want to see you graduate.

What are the benefits of being a mentee?
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The benefits include:

  • Access to a peer mentor on campus that is looking out for your best interest
  • Developing a sense of belonging at CSUSM
  • Knowledge of resources available to help you to be successful
  • Understanding of how to get involved at CSUSM
  • Accountability and expectations from your peer mentor
  • Assistance and support based on the individual needs articulated to peer mentors and the staff

How long is the Peer Mentoring Program?
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The Peer Mentoring Program begins as soon as you are accepted into the program until the following academic year when our new class of mentees are selected. Although your formal relationship with your mentor is only for the academic year, we encourage you to stay in touch with your mentor and/or possibly even apply to be a mentor yourself the following year!

How does the process work for pairing mentors and mentees?
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We interview and provide training for Peer Mentors. After getting to know the Peer Mentors and reviewing Peer Mentee applications, we match mentors with mentees based on identities, needs, and similar interests. Therefore, it is important to spend time on your Peer Mentee application and share with us who you are and what you are looking for in a mentor.

What is the time commitment as a mentee in the program?
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We want to ensure a successful outcome during the entire first-year and so the following are mandatory:

  • Summer retreat: July 30-July 31, 2015
  • Attending campus events with your mentor
  • Attending Weeks of Welcome events with your mentor
  • Attending semester-end and year-end programs
  • Check-in meetings (as needed/called on by program staff)

We require mentees and mentors to have face-to-face contact a minimum of 10 hours/semester. Having meetings, attending campus events with each other, or visiting a center that provides resources count as contact. However you make this relationship your own and can meet more frequently. Remember, what you get out of your mentee/mentor relationship is also what you put into it!

What are expectations of mentees?
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  • Respond to communication from your mentor and the program staff in a timely manner
  • Be open and willing to learn
  • Be flexible
  • Ask questions
  • Provide feedback of your mentor and the program!

What is the deadline for applying?
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The deadline for completing the on-line application is June 30, 2015.

When do I know if I am accepted into the program?
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Notifications will be sent via email in early July about status in the program after being reviewed by the selection committee.

If you have any additional questions, please contact Floyd Lai.