What is an AGNR Peer Mentor?
An important resource is the College of Agriculture and Natural Resource's Peer Mentors (PMs). This service offers students a chance to talk with a fellow student about everyday campus issues, advising, registration, and more.
Peer Mentors are selected AGNR upperclassmen who have achieved good academic success while maintaining an active schedule of extracurricular activities, work, service, and more. Peer Mentors know how to manage time and get the most out of the university, and best of all, they speak your language - Peer Mentors are one of you.
What can a Peer Mentor do for me?
The Peer Mentors are available to answer questions such as the following:
- What in the world is a 4-year plan and how am I supposed to make one?
- VENUS has me bogged down; what am I doing wrong when trying to create my class schedule?
- CHEM231 is not going very well; where can I get some real help?
- My advisor's great when I need to talk about classes in my major, but isn't there someone who knows the ropes who can help me with a residence hall issue?
- Are there things I should be doing to prepare for my advising appointments?
Peer Mentors are in a position to help with the technical aspects of course selection, schedule building, online registration, GENED requirements, general academic policy guidance, and 4-year plan and Benchmark creation. Peer Mentors can also put you in touch with other UM staff for additional help. They interact closely with the college's Office of Academic Programs (Student Services, 0107 Symons).
What is the AGNR Peer Mentor policy?
It is the policy of the college that all new freshmen in the college must visit a Peer Mentor before being allowed to schedule an appointment with their faculty advisor. The time with the Peer Mentors will be used to check 4-year plans, Benchmark progress, and Degree Navigator accuracy, as well as select a preliminary class schedule for the next term for review with their advisor. All AGNR students will continue this pre-advising appointment with a Peer Mentor for four semesters.
So how can I meet a Peer Mentor?
Check the Peer Mentor Schedule and stop by 0107 Symons Hall!