First-year advisers and mentors work collaboratively to support the academic experience of first-year students, connecting students to the resources and opportunities of the College. In addition to helping students navigate curricular requirements and begin the process of selecting a major, they ensure that students are integrating well into community life.
At a liberal arts college like Trinity, academic advising is itself a vital form of teaching and learning. This is why the first-year seminar professor also serves as the student’s principal academic adviser until a major is declared (no later than March 30 of the sophomore year). The advantage of having the adviser know the student in the classroom is substantial. As a student’s academic interests unfold, advisers also connect students with relevant colleagues and opportunities across campus.
First-year advisers and mentors should consult Trinity’s Center for Academic Advising website for a full array of resources, as well as review the Academic Advising Primer.
Each seminar instructor selects an outstanding member of the junior or senior class to serve as mentor. Mentors must show evidence of high academic achievement; strong written and verbal communication skills; and competence in research and problem solving. They should also be well integrated into the Trinity College community, poised to support a diverse group of first-year students. Each mentor serves as a role model to first-year students in the seminars, positioned well to provide support both academically and socio-emotionally as they adjust to life as a college student.
In addition to working with individual seminars, First-Year Mentors join a community of other mentors, led by the First-Year Mentor Coordinator, who meets regularly with the group throughout the fall semester. First-Year Mentors also attend training workshops in May and August. The Mentor Coordinator is Leo Schuchert.
Registration Information: Mentors will be registered in the fall for one course credit, which is graded largely by the seminar instructor. On the transcript, this is listed as “Academic Mentorship.”