The Peer-2-Peer Mentorship Program (P2P) is a GUTS pilot program intended to support first-year students, second-year students, and transfer students who have started college during the pandemic or who do not have much familiarity with the UW-Madison campus and its resources. Students who participate in this program will be matched with a peer mentor who will meet with them, respond to their questions or concerns, and help them get acclimated to UW-Madison’s campus.
Through this program, first-year students, second-year students, and transfer students will gain a valuable connection on campus, their P2P mentor, that will help them navigate campus resources, encourage their mentees to get involved in campus life and student organizations, create connection with the UW-Madison community. As a result, mentees can become more confident, more comfortable on campus and included, and feel academically prepared.
The time commitment as a mentee for this program is an orientation, to meet at least once per month with their mentor for a reasonable duration as determined by the participants, and an end-of-semester celebration event. Also, participants can meet in any modality that they choose (virtual, in-person, telephone, a combination of those means), as long as it is a mutual agreement.
Note: GUTS will pair mentees with mentors and make periodic check-ins, however this program is quite student-driven–you will get out of it what you put into it. It is the participants’ responsibility to determine additional frequency of meetings, length of meetings, come prepared with specific questions or topics to discuss, and work to build rapport.
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Some topic ideas for participants to discuss include:
- Great study places on campus
- Great restaurants in Madison
- Major/certificate selection
- Campus resources and support services
- College student wellbeing and involvement
- Academic Confidence
- University traditions
- How to use MyUW or Canvas
- How to get Football season tickets (or tickets for other sports)
How to Get a Mentor
Step 1: Sign up. Fill out the registration form found on this page to help us find the best mentor for you.
Step 2: Wait to be matched. P2P relies on supply and demand, thus it may take a couple weeks for you to be matched, but we will try our best to make sure that everyone is able to participate in the program!
Step 3: Once you are matched with a mentor, you will receive an email from SS about your mentor’s information. Email your mentor right away and introduce yourself within 72 hours once you receive the email. You should discuss how you will be meeting and get to know each other.