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B2E Seeks Faculty, Staff Mentors for 2013-14

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filling out this questionnaire. More than 1,000 meetings between freshmen and B2E mentors during the fall 2012 semester yielded a 2.9 grade point average and a fall 2012 to spring 2013 retention rate of 90.29 percent among freshmen participating in the B2E program. Below are some comments from freshmen who have benefited from the Bridge to Excellence program:

  • “My mentor made sure I was comfortable and assured me that everything would work out the way it was supposed to.”
  • “My mentor was there when I needed to vent to someone about roommate problems or homework. It was like having a second mom or dad.”
  • “She helped me handle a situation I was struggling with. She took care of it immediately and made sure I was safe. I feel very comfortable going to her with any problem I have. She helps in every way possible.”
  • “My mentor talked to me and helped me through college when I was getting depressed and discouraged.”
  • “I believe this program is very beneficial. It is reassuring to know that there is someone available if any problems are encountered throughout the first semester.”
  • “I loved having a mentor! She was great to talk to about schoolwork and course loads. She was very helpful when I had questions and she was eager to help! I really appreciate that!”
  • “I think it is a very helpful thing for first semester freshmen because college is nothing like high school and there are a lot of things that a new student needs help with.”
For more information about the Bridge to Excellence program and how to become a faculty/staff mentor to freshmen, call (479) 968-0334 or send e-mail to wcooper@atu.edu.]]>