Information for Mentors
Peer Mentor Requirements
Students interested in participating as a Peer Mentor in the Bobcat Bond Mentoring Program (BBMP) will be expected to complete the following requirements:
One Academic Year Commitment
To ensure students participating in BBMP as peer mentors provide consistent and continued mentoring support, peer mentors are expected to maintain a one academic year membership in the program beginning in the fall semester. However, an evaluation and membership renewal check will be completed at the end of each semester to accommodate for a student's change in schedule or availability.
Peer Mentor Training
Peer mentors will be required to complete training to adequately provide guidance and resources to their mentees. Training will consist of an online Leadership Training Course (LTC), workshops and a retreat before school start, and additional training throughout the academic year. Training will include mentoring fundamentals, building rapport with mentees, intrinsic motivation, recruitment method, and resource management to name a few.
If you are interested in serving as a mentor, contact the Retention Management & Planning Office at 512-245-5500 or complete the Mentor/Mentee Application.
Colleges and universities across the nation struggle every year with how to help students adjust to the inevitable changes of higher education. At Texas State, we pair second year and new transfer students with Texas State upperclassmen, staff, or faculty to aid in this adjustment.
Being a mentor is a great opportunity to help others find pride and self-satisfaction, and raise your level of concern for the students of the Texas State community. Texas State mentors are support systems for students. Mentors not only get an opportunity to tell their mentee about what "I wish I knew when I went to college," but they also get the opportunity to shape the minds of Texas State students.
Students benefit in many ways from having a mentor. It can reduce the stress of coming to campus by having a friend/mentor already in place. This is also directly related to a higher retention of students at Texas State and a higher GPA (as compared to their fellow non-mentored students). Because of previous experiences on campus, mentors have the knowledge of where to refer their mentees if the mentors are unable to help.
See our Suggestions for Mentoring for tips on initial conversations with your mentee and guidelines for mentoring a student.