OMA'S AXcel Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Program
The AXcel program is a great opportunity to meet other freshman, as well as interacting with upper-classman who serve as peer-mentors. The AXcel program strives to get first-year students connected and informed to all the resources, services, and programs available here at SFA. As well as, offer the necessary assistances in helping students adjust to college. Please make sure to apply. If you have any further questions please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AXcel Mentoring Program KICKOFF ~ MEEET & GREET
- Axe'em Jacks
- Peer-mentors and Mentees
- Faculty and Staff Mentors
- OMA Scholars
- Silly Faces
- Bonding Time
The AXcel Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Program is created to support freshmen and transfer students in their transition to student life at Stephen F. Austin State University. The program emphasizes the importance of academic excellence and personal growth. Freshman students are paired up with current student leaders who exhibit a balance between academics and involvement. This peer-to-peer mentoring program sponsors and encourages attendance at specific programs in which mentors and mentees actively interact and participate.
- Our overall goal is to help freshman students acclimate to their new community and University. Many times students experience confusion when they arrive in a new environment. They do not know where their classes are, how to navigate the campus, what questions to ask or how to get involved. Therefore, our goals are to:
1. Support students in increasing independent living skills
2. Provide a safe and consistent relationship between students, faculty, and staff
3. Educate freshman students on the stressors of college
4. Develop leaderships skills while promoting academic excellence
5. Increase retention rates among first-year students
6. Provide continuous and relevant training to equip Mentors with resources to effectively assist their mentees
By participating in the OMA's P2P Mentoring Program, students will be able to....
1. Appreciate students from diverse backgrounds
2. Demonstrate accountability for their learning experience and academic success
3. Identify key university resources that will assist them in there retention and graduation
4. Create relationships with a network of peers, faculty, and staff on campus
5. Effectively practice developmental skills, such as time management, study skills, and career planning
6. Have access to personal and professional enrichment opportunities
7. Sponsor and encourage attendance at programs in which mentors and mentees actively interact
Role of Your Mentor:
- A mentor is a student who will offer friendship, help, and advice to a mentee. The mentor has knowledge and experiences in specific areas that a mentee may need help in. A mentor can be trusted to listen, answer questions and spend time with their mentee. In this relationship, the mentee will have an easier time acclimating to his/her new surroundings.
- A faculty or staff mentor is a SFA professional who will offer guidance and support to a mentee. The faculty/staff mentor has knowledge and experiences in specific areas that a mentee may need help in. In addition, as an SFA employee, faculty and staff mentors can inform their mentee of the various on and off-campus resources, connect them with other professionals, create opportunities for them, and serve as a point of reference. In this relationship, the mentee will have an easier time acclimating to his/her new surroundings and feel more comfortable reaching out to other SFA professors and administrators.
A mentee is a freshman or transfer student who is looking for friendship and guidance from current Lumberjacks and SFA professionals on academic, social, and involvement balance. A good mentee is someone who will ask questions, listen, and accept good advice and spend time with their mentor. If done effectively then the mentee will have an easier time acclimating to his/her new surroundings.