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Who Are Peer Mentors?
Who are we?
Peer Mentors are Longwood student leaders that work to create a comfortable and safe environment in which entering students can individually and collectively "find their feet" in the Longwood community. These leaders provide new students with the tools and knowledge they need to start their college career, and aid them throughout their transition as a first-year student at Longwood University. The Peer Mentors work as part of the Office of First Year Experience & Family Programs staff, and have made limitless contributions to the office and the university. They promote citizen leadership amongst their peers, and instill the spirit of Longwood in every student, family, and guest they encounter.
The majority of Longwood’s new student programs are assisted by the Peer Mentor staff. They become a huge resource for new students and their families. They provide assistance to first-year students during Summer Orientation when registering for classes, and support families by answering questions and confirming that Longwood is a great institution for their student. The 1839 Experience is an online communication that gives entering students an opportunity to get acquainted with their Peer Mentor 10-weeks prior to Fall move-in.
The staff is also a resource within Longwood Seminar; they will be responsible for assisting the LSEM instructor during the one-credit course. Peer Mentors work during New Lancer Days and encourages every student to learn about the wealth of co-curricular activities, available support services, and well-known traditions at Longwood. Peer Mentors become an essential part of a new student’s first year and are dedicated to parting students first.
Peer Mentor Program
The Office of First Year Experience & Family Programs has created two teams that the peer mentors can participate in. Peer Mentors on the Summer Team assist students during course registration, informational presentations, and housing and plan contracts. They also facilitate small groups of new students and parents and help them navigate the campus.
The 1839 Experience is a 10-week Canvas based correspondence program that allows new students to meet their Peer Mentor and Longwood Seminar classmates prior to fall arrival. Peer Mentors manages this program and help their students get prepared to enter Longwood in August.
In August, the Fall Team is introduced to their Longwood Seminar students, and assists them during the four-day weekend filled with events, speakers, and activities.
Peer Mentors assist their Longwood Seminar instructor in the design and implementation of the course, and informs the instructor about developments and activities of the LSEM class.
Educate Yourself. Engage Others. Enlighten The World.
As a first year student of Longwood University, you should take advantage of all the First Year Experience Programs that are offered!
The First Year Experience Programs are designed to ensure a successful and comfortable transition into university life amongst all first-year, readmitted and transfer students at Longwood. Our programs are built around providing each individual student with the tools, knowledge and support they need to have a triumphant first year. We are dedicated to not only a successful transition for new students but a holistic experience as well.
Our programs and events enable students to connect with the campus, share their experiences and achievements, and gain a sense of self-awareness and community with others. We want students at Longwood to be successful in and out of the classroom. Without many of the First Year Experience Programs, new students would not be able to maximize the available resources provided through the institution, nor use them to impact their peers. It is our goal to expose students to Longwood services, encourage them to become citizen leaders, and promote student success in every possible opportunity.