As you might imagine, any 18-year-old student might find themselves a bit overwhelmed on his or her first day on campus. Maybe they're coming all the way from California and don’t know where to buy a winter coat. Perhaps they’ve never been in a city with than 200 residents or are the first in their family to go to college.
So who do they talk to about such issues?
At MIT, the Mentor Advocate Partnership (MAP), a mentoring initiative through the Office of Minority Education, matches MIT staff and faculty with first-year undergraduates to facilitate their transition into the community and throughout the first half of their undergraduate career. Mentors often serve as a "human face" to the Institute as well as cheerleaders at students' games, motivators when tests get tough, friends, advocates, confidants, door openers, guides or role models.
Think you may be interested in mentoring? MAP is holding an informational Open House from 12-1 p.m. on Monday, July 12, in the Bush Room (10-105) for anyone (staff or faculty) at MIT interested in mentoring a first-year undergraduate. Feel free to bring your lunch. Desserts and beverages will be provided. To learn more or sign up, check out: http://web.mit.edu/ome/programs-services/partnership.html.