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Wolfpack Takes on the NC State Fair: 2018 Edition

Written by Andrew on October 12, 2018

It is that time of year again! The first wave of midterms is over and what better way to celebrate a great grade with a giant turkey leg?

Did not do so hot on your first exam? Know it is okay, and that you still deserve a turkey leg. In all seriousness, the State Fair is a great way to escape the stresses of college for a moment, and enjoy making memories with your friends new and old.

Here are some quick tips, tricks, and information about this year’s State Fair.

What new foods are waiting for you?!

  1. The Arepa Burger at Arepa Loca
  2. Rolled Ice Cream at Black Concessions
  3. Unicorn Bacon and Jalapeno Cheetos Bacon at Bubba’s Bacon
  4. Shrimp Tacos and Pineapple Salsa at Capt. Neill’s Seafood
  5. Cinnamon Toast Crunch Apple Cobbler Bites at Chef D’Lites
  6. Cluck Puppies and Italian Ice Tea Float at Chick-N-Que
  7. Jerk Pork Wrap with Mango at Cool Runnings Jamaican
  8. Roasted and Glazed Sweet Corn with Bacon at Douglas Farms
  9. Grasshopper Funnel Cake at Gobblin’ Gourmet
  10. Thanksgiving Turkey Chop Sandwich at Hickory Tree BBQ
  11. Crack- N- Cheese Waffle Cone at Hickory Tree Turkey BBQ
  12. Key Lime Pie Ice Cream at Howling Cow (WOOOO GO STATE!)
  13. Candied Bacon S’more at LaFarm Bakery
  14. Crème Brûlée Cheesecake, Pumpkin Spice Latte, Triple Threat (Candied Apples) at Miss Debbie’s Specialty Apples
  15. Unicorn Apples at Miss J’s Sweet Shoppe
  16. SoJo Melt at Neomonde Mediterranean
  17. Slow Smoked Bourbon Brown Sugar Rubbed Pork Loin at Old North State Kitchen
  18. Chocolate Chip or Country Ham and Cheese Hush Puppies at Ragin’ Cajun
  19. Chicken Ranch Pizza at Rudy’s
  20. Texas Pete Krispy Kreme Mini Glazed Donuts at Krispy Kreme
  21. Deep Fried Meatballs at State Fair Foods
  22. Shrimp and Cheddar Cheese Grits Eggroll at Woody’s Sports Tavern Grill

Easy to say that I will look like this at the State Fair this year!

State Fair on a College Budget:

We covered all the great food at the State Fair, and it seems like you need a whole week to eat everything you want! However, tickets can be expensive, so here are some tips to help you afford going to the State Fair more than once, without forming a hole in your wallet.

Tip 1: Friday Frenzy
Grab your friends and your college ID and get in to the fair for $6! That is saving you at least $4 which can be used for more food!

Tip 2: You can save with a can!
On Thursday, October 18 you can bring 5 cans of food and get in free. Simply stop at a local grocery store where cans of food are only around 79 cents a piece. Therefore, your entrance is $3.95

Tip 3: More friends more food!
Fees can rack up when you are buying all the new exciting foods. Suddenly, you have a dilemma, you want to try more food, but you are forcing yourself to finish it because you do not want to waste any. Here is your trick, go with friends and share the food, the more people you go with the more food you get!

You are ready to take on the State Fair “Like A Boss.” Remember that when school is busy we need to take time to enjoy the little things, including fried Oreos.

Have questions? Post your Fair questions on Motee! Looking for people to meet up or go with, post on Motee!

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Group Projects Prepare You for Careers After College

Written by Andrew on August 24, 2018

Why do most college students cringe when they see the words “group project” on a syllabus?

Suddenly, a flood of questions come to mind. Are your group mates going to pull their share of the work? Are they going to provide quality work? Are you going to be able to coordinate schedules between five people?

In my three years at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, I’ve been involved in more group projects than I can count. At the time doing a group project seemed pointless and an excuse for professors to only grade five projects as opposed to 30, but now I see the value in group work.

All of my group meetings start out incredibly awkward. We don’t know each other, we don’t know each other’s capabilities, and if I’m being honest, we hardly know one another’s names.

The awkwardness fades away as the semester goes on and we find our rhythm. The more I get to know my group members, the more I see how each of their strengths will be useful for the project.

This is not to say that there is not conflict within the groups at some times. But, this is good conflict. It is conflict that is the result of each of our talents coming together and seeking a way to improve our project.

Sometimes we would discuss simple issues like due dates, but other times the conflict got a little heated. Each of us came in with a different passion, and we saw our own passions as the most important. This caused tension in the group project that we had to work through together. We could not be shortsighted and see only what we thought was important; we had to flesh out these ideas and realize the importance of other people’s viewpoints.

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Without input from each of us, there would have been something missing. It takes all members to brainstorm, bounce ideas off of one another and share our strengths to be successful. Not only did these confrontations teach us how to deal with conflict professionally, but it also taught us how to combine ideas and be open-minded.

Every career has a component of collaboration. The New York Times writer Claire Cain Miller wrote an article titled “Tech’s Dangerous Myth of the Loner Genius Nerd.” Miller discusses how necessary it is to have empathy and a broad diversity even in the tech world where things seem so cut and dry.

Miller talks about how it’s important to have a diverse range of people making decisions. Because of each person’s background, he or she will see problems or gaps that other people miss. In the professional world, collaboration is vital because different perspectives lead to a more comprehensive result. Learning how to communicate your ideas and listen to other people in group projects is a leadership skill that employers crave from their employees.

Many soft skills, like working with others, are components of leadership. For instance, being able to delegate tasks in a group setting demonstrates that you are able to trust other people and recognize their strengths. Commitment is another skill that employers are looking for, especially within the millennial generation. Employers want to know we are committed to the company and not just trying to get to the next level. We can practice the skill of commitment within groups. Commitment means that you follow through with what you said you’d do. If one member doesn’t carry his or her own weight, the entire group will suffer.

Not only does collaborating on group projects provide an array of leadership skills, but it is also emotionally beneficial. When I have worked alone, I have experienced anxiety, fear of whether or not I was doing something right and a whirlwind of confusion. But, when I have been in groups, I have been comforted that other people were just as confused as I was and we were able to work through problems together. If between four papers, 2 midterms and over 200 pages of reading, I wasn’t able to make it to a meeting, my group members were understanding and took a load off of my back.

There’s a reason professors have us work together in every class. As pointless and painful as it can seem in the moment, working in groups is preparing us to be better employees once we graduate college. Group collaboration teaches us leadership skills, listening skills, the importance of clear communication and how to use our skills effectively.

We may complain about group projects now, but in a few years we’ll be emailing our professors thanking them for preparing us for our futures.

By Jordan Howard, UNC-Chapel Hill ’19

For an easy way to collaborate more with smart people on your campus, get connected on Motee!

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Guest Contributor Lucy Parsons Gives Us 5 Great Tips for College Success

Written by Andrew on August 21, 2018
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How to get your studies off to a flying start this college year

With the start of a new college year you’ll be eager to get your studies off to a flying start. You’re thinking along the right lines, because starting as you mean to go on is the key to success in any academic pursuit.

In this article I’m going to share with you how to make this your best year ever, as far as your studies are concerned.

1. Pick classes that you love

The best way to lose your motivation and go off track with your studies is to study subjects you don’t love. If you want to excel you need to stick to subjects that you’re passionate about and naturally want to learn more about. This is the quickest and least painful way to be successful at university or college.

2. Manage your time tightly

With classes, deadlines, clubs, sports and social activities coming out of your ears it’s often difficult to keep track of what you need to do and when. My advice is to get a tight grip on all of this right at the beginning of the first semester. Get a piece of paper, open up Excel or create a google doc which shows all the days of the week, and all 24 hours of the day. Then fill in this grid with all your regular commitments. If your commitments are irregular, you might need a grid for every week of the semester. (You can download a grid to help you with this here).

Once you’ve got all your commitments written in, add in your independent study times. When I was at Cambridge University in the UK, I managed my time by treating my studies like an office job. I studied from 9am to 6pm then had the evening for social engagements. I kept this arrangement until the final few weeks of my third year when I started to study in the evenings as well.

When you map out your time clearly like this you never have to feel guilty about having fun and you never have to feel like you’re missing out on the fun when you’re studying. You know you’ve got a balance of both and that you’re making the most of life at college.

3. Establish good study habits

It’s very easy to sit at your desk or in a library for hours not achieving very much. However, if you establish good habits you’ll get on much better and waste much less time. Habits that I’d encourage at college are:

  • Reading through lecture notes at the end of every day to make sure you’ve understood them
  • Keeping a clear record of your reading material so that you’re able to accurately reference it in your essays
  • Sharing essays and other submitted work with your classmates so that you all get much more out of each assignment set

If you stick with your good habits they will serve you well throughout the college year.

4. Assess your own work

When you’ve written essays or assignments to be submitted, or you’re practicing for tests or exams, make sure you always critically evaluate your own work. This is explained in my blog post on the Revision Power Hour.

By taking the time to read and reflect on your own work you will ensure that you are learning from both what you’re doing well and what you can improve. If possible, reference mark schemes or work in collaboration with fellow students to give feedback on each other’s work and help each other to improve.

5. Be consistent

Success in education is all about consistency – not about leaving everything until the last minute. Make sure you set yourself up for success my being consistent throughout the college year.

I hope these tips will help you make the most of your time at college. Best of luck!

Lucy Parsons is an Academic Coach based in the UK and author of The Ten Step Guide to Acing Every Exam You Ever Take. She studied geography at Cambridge University. Check out her blog and podcast at www.lifemoreextraordinary.com or connect with her on twitter.

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Motee FAQ

Written by Andrew on August 13, 2018

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Is Motee free?

Yes! Motee is a completely free service for any student enrolled in a U.S. college or university. It’s easy to sign up for free using your campus email — click here and select “Sign Up.”

Is Motee available at my school?

Yes! Motee can be used at any 2 or 4-year college or university. You need a valid .edu email account to use Motee. If you have trouble registering, it might be because we have not added your school. Send us an email at [email protected] and we will add your school.

How is Motee different from the discussion boards my professors use for my classes?

Motee is completely student-driven and student-oriented. You don’t have to wait for a professor to set up a class discussion for you. You can do it yourself and share it with your classmates. You can set up a discussion for any subject, topic, campus group or event, club, sport, etc. The Motee class forums are not moderated by professors — students rule!

If it’s free to join Motee, are you selling my data?

Absolutely not! We will never sell your data and your information is private and secure on the Motee site. We earn money through selling small-scale ad space in the Motee forum to local businesses interested in recruiting top students to future careers in their organizations.

Note to Universities and Colleges

Motee is an open platform for every college or university student on any campus. We ask that community participants follow and conform to their college code of conduct. There are no requirements of the college or administration. Motee wants to add value to the students’ campus experience and be a supplement to the many resources offered on campus.

Ready? Get started now by clicking “Sign Up!”
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If only I had known about Motee. A student’s perspective.

Written by Andrew on June 24, 2018

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How to college.

That’s something every college student has to figure out, and unfortunately, it involves a lot of trial and error.

One of the most important lessons that you can learn about how to college is that connecting with your classmates and campus community is one of the most beneficial ways to grow and succeed academically and professionally.

But, that’s easier said than done… at least, so we thought.

In my first year of college, I attended a 400 person economics lecture hall and I didn’t know a soul. Nor did I understand anything the professor was talking about. Each day I sat in the same seat so that maybe I could get to know the person beside me. But every week, the person beside me decided to drop the class and a new person took the seat…and so the cycle continued.

I was confused, alone and desperate for someone to come walk alongside me and help me get through this class.

You’d think with 400 people in that class there would be an easier way to connect with others, to form study groups and to have a network of people working together.

If only I had known about Motee.

Motee is an online platform that allows students to connect with other students in the same department, major and class. By connecting on Motee students are able to send messages, connect in forums, as well as coordinate times to meet with a study group.

This collaborative process benefits everyone. By joining Motee you are joining a network and gaining access to a tool that will allow you to succeed academically.

But not only will Motee help you academically, it also can help you mentally and emotionally by receiving and giving peer support from and to others in your same situation.

During finals season, when I’m on my third cup of coffee and on my 17th hour without sleep, all I want is someone to tell me that I can make it through the class. That’s the beauty of Motee.

With Motee, your classmates can encourage you by saying you’re a great listener, a great note taker, your comments are really insightful and that you have a lot to offer the class—there is a world of possibilities for the way they can encourage you. These encouraging notes can be the difference to students who feel as if their grades are defining them and they’re drowning in their textbooks.

Motee encourages and emphasizes leadership, collaboration, connection and an aspiration to succeed amongst its users. From one student to another, Motee is an invaluable and unprecedented resource that allows students, like myself, to find peer collaboration as well as a positive attitude in order to successfully make it through some of the toughest courses any university has to offer.

Guest author: Jordan Howard, UNC 19

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What TED Talks Have Taught Me About Collaboration

Written by Andrew on May 9, 2018

Collaboration is the secret ingredient of many of the world’s greatest innovations, works of art, and social advances. I’ve used TED Talks to research this blog post about collaboration. You can learn to take advantage of collaboration for better results in college. I don’t mean top marks. I mean a full-on, superbetter moment that will carry you forward.

Too often, we consider college coursework a solitary practice. You attend a class, research a paper, and read or practice homework problems alone. It’s time to consider a new strategy. In his TED Talk ,“The New Power of Collaboration,” Howard Rheingold tracks the way humans have used sharing to empower themselves.  Sharing is in your best interest.

Share the workload. Share your knowledge and skills with others. If you are good at proofreading papers, share that skill with your friends through tutoring. If you have an interesting connection but can’t get the words down, talk out your idea with a friend who can capture your thoughts into words. Peer tutor another student. Hire a peer tutor for consistent and relatable homework help. That’s not cheating. It’s using your collaboration capacity and it empowers everyone on the team.

We have to break the mythology of the single genius. There is no solitary genius. The process of collaboration is messy, iterative and interrelated. That’s ok and normal. And really, when in life is there a better environment for messiness than college?

The trick, according to Linda Hill in her TED Talk, “How to Manage for Collective Creativity,” is organizing the talents and passions of other people into work that is meaningful. Change from looking at your class work as a single endeavor. Find others who want to experience the class with a high grade or enjoy the classes subject and organize around that common thread. That is the “meaningful” component that will motivate everyone and produce top results.

Peer to peer networks redefine what friend and neighbor mean, explains Rachel Botsman in her TED talk. Collaboration improves the value of community. College maximizes the power of community. That design encourages peer to peer collaboration interaction.

It’s going to take a leap of faith. Trust is the social glue that binds our communities together.  College is a safe environment to explore the interplay between trust and reputation. That space lets complete strangers structure strong communities. Botsman calls this reputation capital.

Motee lets you build your reputation capital.  Express compliments and gratitude for your friends actions on campus. It’s an extension to your campus best qualities.

Everyone has the ability to share their knowledge or skills with someone else who needs them. I invite you to start sharing your skills with your friends and peers.  Enlist others to help grow your own skills. Collaboration is the one common ingredient that makes brilliant innovations and successes.  It is time to rethink college as a solo pursuit and embrace the power of collaboration.

Want to keep reading about the positive benefits of collaboration? Check out Tori Conange’s college lifestyle blog, Chase the Write Dream, and her thoughts on Motee. Or Ali In Bloom’s personal take on collaboration and motivation.

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Best Advice for Dream Work: Take the Hard Class

Written by Andrew on March 19, 2018
Why would you ever take the hard class?

Take the hard class? It’s a good question. It’s normal to resist doing hard things because we might fail in the attempt and get things wrong. But if you are not failing with some reasonable frequency, then you are not moving the frontier of what you can create. “Take hard classes,” Erika said, in a recent interview with N&O reporter Evie Thompson. “Don’t be afraid that your GPA is going to fall. When you get out in the real world, no one cares what your GPA is…You’re going to learn so much, and then when you do get out in the real world, you’ll be that person in your workplace that people turn to.” Motee is an example of what taking the hard class can let you create.

Working with Limits

One key aspect of creating Motee has been to work within a limited budget. There’s no doubt that a large budget allows someone to execute faster and cover their mistakes. However, there is a benefit to financial boundaries. We have had to prioritize and scale the service. Doing so taught us how manage the project thoughtfully.
It’s hard to look at a problem with a curious eye and engage with another person on the best solution. It’s vulnerable. It challenges social and communication skills. And that produces growth and creative solutions.

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

Erika and I work together like students do in a study group. We divide tasks, discuss direction, and find consensus that leads to a positive value, solution, or bold new direction. It is not quick or easy. But it is rewarding and energizing. Our work requires collaboration and cooperative learning, just like a study group or group project. Those are skills for any occupation. We are creating value — value in our own professional selves and a value for learning. As Cal Newton, author of “Deep Work,” points out, “If you can produce something that’s rare and is valuable, the market will value that. What the market dismisses for the most part are activities that are easy to replicate and produce a small amount of value.”

Motee has more to offer than what we have created so far. That might be the most exciting observation. We have a foundation that is letting us reach beyond our own limits. Eddie Izzard, one of my favorite comedians, gives me the most perspective when he says, “Don’t get somewhere as fast as possible. Get somewhere as good as possible.” You can only do that by taking the hard class.

-Paul at Motee

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Peer Learning: The Best Hack for Ultimate College Success and Beyond

Written by Andrew on February 19, 2018

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Peer learning can improve your child’s college experience and set them up for future success. Research conducted by Gallup-Purdue demonstrated a surprising and significant detail. Students who worked together as peer tutors, mentors, or in peer study groups gained more from their university experiences.

If you want to see your child flourish after graduation, suggest they find a peer tutor and become a peer teacher themselves.

Peer to peer teaching

Peers have been helping colleagues or friends increase their grades and their level of understanding since Aristotle. I am sure you remember a classmate who had a knack for a subject. Or you may remember teaching a friend. That is peer to peer teaching. “Peer teaching is a method by which one student instructs another student in material on which the first is an expert and the second is a novice.”

Peer learning participants “are not merely teachers or learners, but are actually co-creating the learning context as a whole,” writes Charles Danoff. The peer learner/teacher context creates a more social safe place to share critiques, exchange ideas, and evolve into growth mindset. In simple terms, it is more comfortable and social to learn with a friend.

Better Student Performance

Several studies demonstrate higher test marks among students engaged in peer tutorial, in a wide variety of age ranges. One study reported that “participants showed higher academic achievement on unit tests, rated themselves as more satisfied with the class, were better adjusted psycho-socially, and frequently used their partner as a supportive resource in the course.”

By its nature, peer learning is active. Students respond to each other more socially, supportively, and collaboratively when learning together. The result is more stimulating for all the participants. Leif Bryngfors, head of the SI Centre at the Faculty of Engineering summarizes, “Students can achieve more than they think…They don’t have to worry about their performance being assessed, because there is no lecturer present; rather they can reflect on their own learning on their own terms. This ‘silent knowledge’ also strengthens students’ self-confidence.” Benefits of peer tutoring include a balance between grades, growth mindset, and social development.

Social Well-being

Peer to peer learning strengthens bonds between students and builds friendships around shared experiences. Students feel comfortable learning with a classmate or a friend of similar age and relatable experiences. Studies show peer to peer tutorial improves friendship bonds, team building, and collaboration skills. “Peeragogy suggests a broader view on thinking aloud: instead of traditional didactics, in a peer-based context, speech flows in a network, and thinking is done in an inherently social way.” The results allow students to feel more connected with their own agency and an increased sense of responsibility. Peer learning creates a support system. The students work together in cooperation to mentor each other. The relationship is an important process for learning how to network and build subject competency and self-direction.

Immediately Accessible

Peer learning is also more accessible to the student. Professors are often not available when a point of critical learning is present. Learning with peer tutors helps when the need is high and pressing. The Motee platform for university students works to create a tool to connect learners with one-on-one tutors at the point when some sort of obstacle arises. “It’s like asking to borrow a pen,” says founder Erika Williamson. “Seeing who is in your chemistry class or who had the course a semester before saves time. You don’t get side-tracked endlessly searching Google for a similar problem. It’s just boom – that person can help right now.”

Why should parents encourage their child to employ peer learning in college?

College is a challenge. Overcoming challenges requires a growth mindset. For most students college is the first time they are away and on their own. Encourage your child to find a peer tutor or become a peer tutor. It can create career experience, form strong social bonds that empower the students, and build role models and support structures that help your child succeed in life.

For more on the benefits of collaboration and surrounding yourself with positive people, read Ali In Bloom’s tips for surviving college.

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Are Compliments as Good as Cash?

Written by Andrew on January 19, 2018

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When you give compliments to someone, you suddenly brighten their day. It is a delight for anyone to hear great words coming towards them. Think about yourself — wouldn’t you have a great day if the first thing you heard in the morning was a compliment?

Compliments are better than cash

Receiving compliments resembles finding a treasure. When you hear treasure, your mind contemplates cash; however, the fortune of giving and getting compliments is more profitable than money. That’s because a positive and motivated mind can create and achieve even those things you consider impossible. Scientists have proven this theory with several tests. They’ve shown that a person who receives compliments is happier and more productive than others. When you go to work, you may think you are motivated by cash, but the participants in certain behavioral tests were motivated simply by compliments.

Perform better when given a compliment

Let me tell you a short real story which happened to me a few years ago. It was the first occasion when I understood that the energy of compliments is one of the greatest powers in life.

In college, I was a semi-pro tennis player. May 5, 2011, was a great day for me and I remember it like it was yesterday. I was playing in the national final against the best player. She had won the first set, and was 3-0 in the second set. That was the time when I requested a mentor break. My mentor, Michael, knew I cherished motivational and helpful quotes; however, he understood that repeating some old quote wouldn’t accomplish anything in that moment, so he considered compliments a better way.

“You have been doing this for 10 years. You have been practicing like no other and you’ve never backed down. Remember who you are. You are the player who won her last 18 games. Coaches in this country are teaching their players using videos of you. You have the strongest and most accurate forehand. Your serve is a killer. Remember when you were injured and you won a game based on your serve and your return. You have the most accurate short slice. This is who you are. You are a combination of talent and ambition. Take each point at a time knowing who you are.”

No one had ever talked to me like that before. At that moment I realized what kind of player and what kind of person I was. It was the moment when the match started one more time for me. It was the moment I discovered compliments and understood its power. Yes, I won the match.

Receiving Compliments helps us learn

Every one of us wants to get better. Receiving praise and compliments helps you understand that you are not trying in vain. When someone compliments you about an activity you did, your brain wants more because it loves that feeling. Your brain will put you to work and you will start researching and learning more about how can you become better at what you do. Compliments will become your motivation.

Being a semi-pro tennis player, I have the habit of jogging every day. My friend Molly wanted to start jogging to lose some weight, and I wanted a running partner. After running together the first day, I complimented her, saying what a great runner and helpful partner she was. I told her that running that way, she will lose weight in no time. The next day she called to set the hour for our running session. We have been running together since then. She feels great and she has achieved her goal.

Real compliments can be offered to friends to make them understand that they are good at what they do, or to let them know you appreciate them. You can use compliments with people you meet for the first time: “Nice to meet you!” After some time you can say: “I really like how you are thinking,” or “You are a smart person; let’s talk again on other occasions as well.”

Though I have read a lot of articles on how to “build” a compliment, I think you should keep it natural. If you want to compliment someone, just do it. Use your imagination and your real thoughts.

-Annaishere

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Level-up Your College Achievement with a Peer Mentor

Written by Andrew on December 13, 2017

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Occam’s razor is blazingly simple problem solving. The best path to take is often the simplest. That might be the truest when it comes to traversing the trials, joys, and obstacles of university life. Connecting with a peer mentor in college makes a significant difference in your success during and after college. Why is such a simple idea so powerful?

What is a peer mentor?

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This person isn’t your best college friend. Those friendships are important – like Frodo Baggins and Samwise Gamgee important. A peer mentor is usually a person who is also a student but just a bit further along their university path. They can relate to the struggles and successes because they are a little closer in age, campus community and academic subject. A good peer mentor supports and offers guidance. They give advice, make social introductions and share experiences.

A peer mentor lifts you up and keeps you supported

Growth takes time. It’s messy, hard, and full of anxiety. The transition into university life is often eased by connecting with a peer mentor. A peer mentor is a leader who helps create a sense of support. It’s like a belay line on a rock wall. There is an instant catch if the maneuver is too difficult. The peer mentor helps build confidence facing the new demands of college life. Recent studies show that companion mentors help students feel more motivated and self-assured, and less anxious. These benefits are especially helpful in a learning environment. Keeping the emotion mind small and the wise mind engaged is a key to successful learning. Brandon Busteed, the executive director of Gallup Education, summarized the benefit of peer mentors this way: “Feeling supported and having deep learning experiences during college means everything when it comes to long-term outcomes after college.”

What does a college student do in the face of a hostile environment?

Many women or underrepresented minorities can attest that those spaces are real. Nilanjana Dasgupta has identified a solution: yes, you guessed it, peer mentors! Dasgupta likens peer mentors to “social vaccines.” Peer mentors offer a form of inoculation against the hostile environments some face in traditionally white male dominated disciplines, such as STEM fields. In the study, the participants with female mentors “felt more accepted by their peers and less invisible…They were more likely to think that their ability to overcome their academic challenges outweighed the stress and uncertainty they felt.”

Becoming your best self and landing a career that gives you purpose is the college prize. If there is one simple trick to getting the most out of your university time, it’s finding a peer mentor. Connecting with a peer mentor will help improve interpersonal skills and academic performance. Becoming your best self is a lifetime journey. Connecting with a peer mentor in college can make that journey epic.