The Jump Start program at Slippery Rock University has proven to be an effective tool in the recruitment and retention of a diverse student body. The program is designed to serve as a transition program with its primary goal in assisting students with the acclimation of college life on campus, both academically and socially.
Ease the Transition with Jump Start!
New, entering, first-year students are welcome to participate in the Jump Start Program. The Jump Start Program is a yearlong program that provides one-to-one development, academic advisement, and study skills strengthening and support to participants. The program begins with Jump Start Week (our pre-college week) where participants will learn about campus resources while interacting with their peers as well as with SRU faculty and staff members. Each participant is paired with an upperclass student who shares the same major or interests. The peer mentor serves as a support and resource person who provides information, encouragement, and guidance throughout the mentee’s first year. Additionally, each month there are Transition Series workshops that focuses on transitional challenges first-year college students face—such as time management, study skills, financial assistance, and more.
Perks of Doing Jump Start!
Students who participate in the Jump Start Program their first year find it to be a rewarding experience.
Below are a few key reasons why you should do Jump Start:
- Connect with peers and develop friendships!
- Get adjusted to college life before the first day of classes!
- Meet faculty and staff members across campus!
- Receive support both academically and socially throughout the year!
How can I be a Jump Start Mentor?
Jump Start mentors provide one-to-one mentoring to entering, first-year students during their first year of college. Our diverse group of peer mentors come from a wide range of majors and are selected through an application process. Jump Start Mentors are required to maintain a 2.5 GPA and uphold the mentor responsibilities as listed in the contract.
The purpose of the mentoring program is two-fold:
- Peer mentors will impact first-year students positively, serving as role models, offering suggestions, providing support and encouragement, promoting self-responsibility and self-direction.
- Peer mentors, themselves, gain an invaluable learning experience as they are provided opportunities for engaging in meaningful work, gaining important leadership skills, learning to take responsibility, and increasing contact with staff, faculty, and administration, while improving their sense of self-worth.
Interested in being a Jump Start Mentor? Apply on Handshake!