Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS THE PEER MENTORING PROGRAM?
This program provides freshmen with the unique opportunity to be in a mentoring relationship with a more experienced upper-class student who has demonstrated academic and personal success.
WHAT IS A MENTEE/WHY BE A MENTEE?
A mentee is a first-year student at University of North Georgia (UNG). Being a mentee will allow you to learn more about college life, have an easier transition from high school, and meet new people.
WHAT ARE THE MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS TO BE A MENTEE?
A mentee should be a first-year student at UNG who is either a traditional student (recent, high school graduate, home schooled, or earned a GED), a transfer student, or a non-traditional student (who has not attended school in the last 5 years or more).
WHERE DO I GET AN APPLICATION?
Applications are available on this website below or by contacting Christy Morrison, Program Coordinator, at Student Disability Services in the Dunlap/Mathis Building, suite 107 or email her at: christy.morrison
HOW WILL I KNOW WHO MY MENTOR IS?
We try our best to pair you with a mentor who will be most helpful to you based upon the preferences and information you submit.
HOW MANY MENTEES ARE ASSIGNED TO EACH MENTOR?
Subject to availability.
HOW DO I CONTACT MY MENTOR?
Once your Peer Mentor has been selected, the Coordinator, Christy Morrison, will email you the contact information. Because of confidentiality issues, it is the Mentee's responsibiilty to email the Peer Mentor as soon as possible before the first week of fall semester. You and your mentor will set up a way to contact and communicate with each other, most likely through phone or email.
WHAT DO I TALK TO MY MENTOR ABOUT?
You can share pretty much anything you want with your UNG mentor. If you have any particular concerns or questions, you can also let them know as well.
HOW OFTEN DO I MEET WITH MY MENTOR?
You will meet at least 5 times during the first semester. After that, you can continue to meet as often as you like. There will also be at least one event each month that all Mentors and Mentees will attend as a group.
WHO ARE THE MENTORS AT UNG?
See "Meet our Mentors".
PMP Mentee Application.docx
Guidelines for Mentees
Because of confidentiality issues we do not give out the names of students registered with Student Disability Services even to Peer Mentors.
Once you have been assigned a Peer Mentor and received the contact information, please contact your Peer Mentor by email to introduce yourself, before the first week of fall semester (WOW week). This week kicks of the Peer Mentoring Program.
To participate in the Peer Mentoring Program (PMP) as a mentee, you agree to the following guidelines:
- arrange to meet with your mentor regularly throughout the semester
- talk about your experience while attending University of North Georgia (UNG)
- ask for help if you feel you don't understand something or you need help with an issue
- make a commitment to attend Peer Mentoring Program-sponsored events and activities
- be over demanding or impose your own ideas, values or solutions
- become over dependent or expect too much of others (remember Peer Mentors are students too)
- assume that your experience will be the same as your peers
- over commit yourself with time or outside responsibilities
- overstep the boundaries, respect each individual in your peer mentoring group
- always contact your mentor via your UNG email account (cell phones are used as a last resort)
- always meet on university premises or in a public area
- never give out sensitive personal information (e.g. home address, ID info, etc.)
- all discussions between group members and the PMP coordinator are confidential, unless there is a risk of well being
- always inform the coordinator about any problems and/or chages in contact details
- if you have any concerns about information disclosed to you, speak to the PMP coordinator
- if you have any need for further help or guidance, or wish to discuss any aspect of the Peer Mentoring Program please contact the PMP coordinator, Christy Morrison(see contact page)
Common Issues Facing Mentees
- Scheduling/registering for classes
- Choosing a major(s)
- Changing majors
- Grading policies/procedures
- Interacting with instructors
- What to do about missed classes or late assignments
- Questions about classes and what instructors to take, upcoming projects, class work, writing essays, and what to expect from instructors
How to study
Time management issues
Resources to utilize
Time Management/Balancing Activities:
- Balancing academics, work, social activities, and anything else that needs to be done
- Keeping a master schedule that lists activities that occur every week (classes, work, meetings, etc.)
- Setting priorities and major goals that need to be accomplished within the next month, the next few weeks, and the very near future.
- Keeping track of when assignments are due
- Getting organized so supplies and resources can be found when needed.
Policy on Reassignment Requests
If a mentee wants to be reassigned to another mentor, he/she must adhere to the following process:
Meet with assigned mentor at least twice in good faith effort (trial period).
After two meetings, if mentee is still not satisfied, he/she can apply for a reassignment by emailing the Program Coordinator providing a reasonable explanation.
The Program Coordinator will review the request and notify mentee of the decision.
Send reassignment requests to Program Coordinator, Christy Morrison.