UB Honors Council members in the lobby of the Honors College.

Honors Connections: Peer Mentoring Program

The Honors Connections Peer Mentoring Program is designed to help new first-year students adjust to life at UB and the Honors experience. Our Honors Student Council created this program considering the unique needs of their peers. Many of the current mentors wished that they had a program like this when they first arrived on campus.

Program Objectives

  • Help first-year students adjust to life at UB and the Honors experience
  • Encourage active participation in the Honors College community
  • Foster mutually beneficial and positive relationships between Honors Scholars

Mentor Details

An Honors Connections Mentor’s role is to help new students adjust to college and serve as a resource regarding student involvement, campus life, study skills, or things to see and do in Buffalo. Mentors are asked to communicate with their assigned first-year student(s) prior to the first day of class, meet with their mentee(s) during the first two weeks of classes, encourage participation in Honors College and campus-wide activities and help answer general questions or concerns their mentee(s) may have. In general, we hope that the mentor will make the transition to college a little easier for our new Honors College scholars.

Mentee Details

As a new Honors Scholar and UB student, we anticipate that you will have many questions. How do I get involved on campus? Where are the best places to eat? How do I get off campus? Where can I find Bonner Hall? We are developing the Honors Connection program to help you successfully transition to life as a college student and scholar. This peer-mentoring program will match you with an accomplished upperclassman, providing an opportunity for you to connect with someone who has been in your shoes.

What does the program look like? Once paired, we will provide you with your mentor’s name and a brief bio. Before arriving on campus, your mentor will reach out to you allowing you to pick their brains about life on campus. Once you arrive at UB, your mentor may offer to take you on a tour of campus to find your classes, have coffee or attend events. Throughout the first semester, there will be additional opportunities to engage with your mentor and all other Honors Connections students. We hope you see this program as an chance to ask some questions, meet new friends and start to become part of the Honors family. The opportunity to sign-up for Honors Connections will be included in your freshmen pre-advising survey.

Sign-up To Become a Mentor

Applications to be a mentor will be available in the spring semester. The Honors College will assign mentees during the summer. Please watch your weekly Honors Highlights and UB email for more information.

For more information, please contact Darius Melvin at dariusme@buffalo.edu

Last updated: August 13, 2020 2:53 pm EST