Peer Mentorship Program

Mentors: Academic & Personal Success (MAPS)

 

COVID19 Update: The MAPS Peer Mentorship Program will be running remotely during the 2020-2021 academic year. Please see our full statement regarding program adjustments here. 

About the Program

Inspiring lifelong learning through transformational mentorship experiences.

The MAPS Peer Mentorship Program provides peer-to-peer mentorship experiences for first-year students at Mount Royal University. Recognizing the importance of supporting students as they transition into university, this program empowers both the mentor and mentee to establish relationships and hone their academic skills through education, culture, community and wellness.

 


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Be a Peer Mentor

Peer Mentors in the program will:

  • Support first-year students transitioning into MRU through a mutually rewarding experience
  • Develop mentorship and leadership skills
  • Gain valuable leadership and community service experience to include on your resume and scholarship applications
  • Increase feelings of connectedness and belonging within the MRU community

Peer Mentors are:

  • In year 2 or higher of their academic (credit) program
  • Interested in helping first-year students succeed and grow
  • Committed to leadership development
  • Students in high academic standing (3.0 GPA or higher)

For the full role description, click here.

 

The 2021-2022 Peer Mentor Application is now closed. Please email maps@mtroyal.ca for all inquiries.

 

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If you're interested in helping fellow students succeed in a specific course, consider applying to be a learning peer with the Peer Learning Program (PLP). Learning peers are the best kind of study-buddy!

Apply by March 31 at mru.ca/PLP. Remember, you don't have to be an expert, just your friendly, helpful self. 


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Work with a Peer Mentor

First-year students (mentees) in the program will:

  • Connect with an experienced MRU student in their academic program
  • Develop strategies to successfully transition into university life (both academically and personally)
  • Understand the supports and services available for personal and academic success
  • Increase their sense of belonging within the MRU community

 

Winter 2021 Semester Support

Peer mentors are available to meet one-on-one with first-year (or second-year) students for regular meetings, or for a one-time virtual "coffee chat" throughout the semester. Peer mentors can help you with a number of things:

  • Provide advice and support in choosing Spring 2021 or Fall/Winter 2021-2022 courses and balancing your schedule
  • Share personal academic strategies that work for them
  • Refer you to additional academic and personal support services and programs on campus
  • Give you advice and brainstorm ways to be social and get involved in campus life...even while studying remotely!

To be connected with a peer mentor in your program, email maps@mtroyal.ca.

 

Why work with a Peer Mentor?

Check out the video below to hear about the value of working with a peer mentor:

 

 

 

Where else can I get support as a first-year student?

As a #New2MRU student, we encourage you to attend New Student Orientation (NSO) and check our the Getting Ready webpage created specifically to help first-year students get ready for life at MRU!

 


 

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the program work?

First-year MRU students are matched with a more senior student in their academic program. The mentorship relationship begins in early-September and continues throughout the academic year until April. You will meet with your mentor for approximately 1 hour/week, and events will be planned throughout the year to support mentor/mentee relationships. 

How do I get involved?

If you are a first-year student interested in working with a peer mentor, click on “Work with a peer mentor” in the menu on the left. 

If you are a returning student interested in becoming a peer mentor to first year students, click on “Be a peer mentor” in the menu on the left.

How is MAPS different from the Peer Learning Program?

This mentorship program is different from the Peer Learning Program where learning peers (student leaders) help students with course-specific knowledge, study strategies, and encouragement. This program was formerly called the peer tutoring program. 

The MAPS peer mentorship program matches senior students (mentors) with first-year students (mentees) in their program or aspiring to be in their program. Mentors provide their mentees with mentorship and leadership in support of their transition into university life. They support them with academic advice and strategies, as well as personal/social support.

Meet the Team

The MAPS Peer Mentorship Program is led by two passionate full-time employees and a team of dedicated student volunteers. 
Click here for staff profiles.
Student leader profiles coming soon.

  

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