Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Are You a GVPT First Generation Sophomore or Junior?

The dean’s office is developing a mentoring program for first generation* college students.   (Applications will be available in the spring for government and politics majors.)  The program needs input from current students to shape it.  Are you a sophomore or junior first generation student in GVPT?  Do you think our College (of Behavioral and Social Sciences) can better support first generation students in navigating college and preparing for the professional work force and/or graduate school? How?  Would you like to discuss your ideas over pizza?
What do you think a program should include?
·         Helping me connect with other students like me
·         Helping me connect with faculty who were like me when they were in college
·         Assisting me in applying for scholarships
·         Assisting me in finding part-time work or paid internships
·         Connecting me with research opportunities
·         Introducing me to successful alumni and/or graduate students who were first generation college students
·         General career advice (beefing up resume, cover letters, prepping for interviews, etc.)
·         None of these?
·         All of these?
·         Something else?
If you are interested in discussing this please share your availability: Thursday, November 8, 4:30 to 5:30, or Friday, November 9, noon to 1:00. RSVP on this Google Form: go.umd.edu/ShapeGVPTfgm.  Pizza will be provided!  Questions? Email Kathryn Hopps, khopps@umd.edu.
*”First Generation” = students raised by parents or guardians who have never earned a bachelor’s degree