Each year, a group of undergraduate mentors is selected to work with the Summer College students. The mentors are chosen on the basis of their strong academic records, their campus involvement, their strength as leaders, and their prior experience. The mentors attend classes and events with the Summer College students, share meals with them and live with them in the residence halls. Throughout the week, in formal and informal settings, the mentors talk with the visiting students about their own college selection process and about their experience on campus and help the student shape their own college plans and aspirations.
Summer College is a grant-funded program which brings high school students from Harlem and Newark to Drew for a one-week experience of college. They live on campus for the week, attend classes and activities and spend time with their Drew mentors.
The purpose of this program is to provide high school students from Newark and New York City an opportunity to experience life at a residential liberal arts college. The program also aims to help the students think about why they would choose a liberal arts college or decide to get a college education at all. As you prepare to participate in Summer College, you might begin to think about what you would tell the students about your own educational choices. Why are you in college? Why do you think it is important to have a college education? Why did you choose the liberal arts? How have you thought through your plans for what you are doing at Drew? What’s it like to be a college student? These are the kinds of questions you may be asked, though perhaps not in those words. You might want to do some thinking about what you will say and how you might be helpful to the students in reflecting on their college plans. Your enthusiasm and thoughtfulness is the key to the success of this program!
Live in the residence halls with the students and work with them throughout the week, attending classes and activities, participating in programs, and just sharing their thoughts on their own college choices and experiences.
During the Summer College program weeks, each mentor is expected to be at:
During training, we will develop weekly schedules and confirm that each mentor knows what times s/he is working. Mentors will have the opportunity, as we rotate through the weeks, to attend various classes and programs with their mentees and to participate in evening activities. Each mentor will have tickets to the Shakespeare Theatre of NJ performance one week.
Free housing and board, as well as a $1,600 stipend for the 5 week program (1 week of training).
Late June through the first week of August. Mentor training begins June 26th.
A strong academic record, leadership skills, some prior relevant experience, and enthusiasm for the program. Applicants must be a Drew undergraduate student with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
Complete this application: Apply to be a 2021 Mentor
Deadline to apply is midnight on Monday, April 17, 2017.
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E-mail Wendy Kolmar (email@example.com).