Students guide one another in the PATH program

The University of Connecticut’s mentorship program for honors students is collecting applications. The program seeks to foster relationships in the honors community by hosting events for mentors and mentees.

Peer Allies Through Honors (PATH) matches incoming honors students with upper level honors students to help them through the transition.

“We are looking for enthusiastic and dedicated students who will offer a strong commitment to the mentor roll,” Sarah Luft, 6th-semester economics and cultural influence on youth development major and communications director for PATH, said.

The job of the mentor is to help incoming honors students have a smooth transition and answer any questions they may have, Luft said.

To create a relationship between mentor and mentee, PATH requires mentors and mentees to attend three out of six path events each semester and also recommend they spend one to two hours a week together, Luft said.

This way, mentors and mentees can create a bond through doing structured activities and also get to know each other more personally through informal events, Luft said.

Some examples of PATH events are pumpkin painting, holiday cookie decorating, scavenger hunts and capture the flag games, Luft said.

“We try to come up with events that vary for everyone’s interests,” Luft said.

Luft said the number of applicants varies from year to year, but last year they only had 110 mentees, with some mentors taking on multiple mentees.

Mentors will apply, and then a select few will be brought in for interviews, Luft said.

“We are looking for students from any major who is knowledgeable about PATH and the honors program,” Luft said.

Mentors and mentees are matched based on their academic interests first, and then outside interests, Luft said.

“I think it’s an awesome opportunity to give back to the honors community,” Luft said.

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