There are many great college upward bound programs which serve the needs of students, specifically first generation college students.
The newly created Boise State Pilot Mentor Program with the Multicultural Student Services will go into effect this academic year as a means of mentoring first generation college students from all walks of life. Whether those students are traditional, non-traditional or international, the mentors serve the purpose of ensuring a stable means of adapting to the new hustle and bustle of college life.
The program aids students by making them aware of the resources available to them. These resources include academic four-year planning, counseling services, housing information or something as simple as introducing them to people.
Ro Parker, Cultural Student Director with Multicultural Student Services, described the program, “We are really excited to get this into effect. It is reminiscent of the TRiO Upward Bound program, but we want to make this mentor program a means for all first generation college students, no matter where the students come from, including international students.”
As this program is new to the Boise State community, the Pilot Mentor Program is still very much in the experimental stage. The Fall 2013 semester will be a trial by error time in order to see what works, what doesn’t and how the program can be adapted in order to make it better for first generation students.
“As (with) any new program that goes into effect, we are both nervous and excited in seeing where this goes on a level of success this semester. Our goal is simply to serve all first generation students with this program, and if this program runs smoothly we are hoping to make it grow for many years to come,” Parker said.
The Multicultural Student Services will also be working in accordance with other departments on campus in order to refer first generation college students to the Pilot Mentor Program.