As some of you may know, the application deadline for the MOST mentor program is approaching – October 20th to be exact. Maybe you’ve thought about it, but weren’t sure exactly what the program consisted of.
MOST stands for Mentors Offering Support to Transfers. This program is unique because you have to be a transfer to apply. This allows for mentors and mentees to connect based on their experiences. Only transfers know what it’s like to transition to a new school, therefore mentors are able to help mentees in a specialized way.
This allows transfers to feel more at ease during their transition because they are introduced by someone who may have faced the same issues or problems. We understand that it’s a stressful process – new school, new environment, new friends. For some, the transition is harder, which is why MOST mentors aim to build relationships with their mentees.
Being a part of the program is also a great resume builder. Employers want to see that students are involved on their campus community. Serving as a mentor to transfer students shows that you have strong interpersonal skills and the ability to direct people in need to different resources. Resumes that show a well-rounded student will stick out from others.
If selected, the MOST program will provide you with the opportunity to serve as a leader to roughly 60 students each semester, in which you will keep in touch with them via email and face-to-face interaction if you choose to do so.
The MOST mentor program is a year-long commitment that is 3 upper division credits. The GST course that is taken will help you reach your upper division requirement faster and move closer towards graduation. The course includes an online portion that consists of weekly discussions about the program.
Personally, I have really enjoyed being a mentor for transfer students. I love to help people in any way that I can. I also did not have an easy transition into Oswego, which is why I wanted to make sure that transfer students had a better start than I did. I transferred from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and leaving the school was the hardest decision I had ever made. I loved the atmosphere of the school and the friendships I had formed, but realized early in the second semester that engineering was not for me. I became interested in public relations and decided to attend Oswego to pursue that major.
My freshmen year, I was a mentor for Big Brothers and Big Sisters, which was such an eye opening and rewarding experience. It made me realize how much I love to help others and I wanted to continue mentoring at Oswego. Meeting other transfers and hearing about their positive transition makes me feel happy. I really enjoy guiding my mentees in the right direction because I feel like I’m making some sort of difference on campus.
I highly recommend applying for the program if you have room in your schedule! Don’t forget to stop by the Office of Transfer Services for an application.