Honors Peer Mentoring

Roles and Expectations

You! Your friends, dorm mates, classmates and peers! Anyone and everyone in the University Honors Program is eligible to be a Peer Mentor and anyone and everyone can have a Peer Mentor -- or two! Don't miss out on this amazing resource!

Peer Mentors play an important role in the Honors Program by sharing their experiences and helping students of all ages and majors make decisions throughout their undergraduate careers. As an Honors Peer Mentor, you'll be contacted by prospective and current Honors students who have questions about the University experience as well as your experiences in the Honors Program. Students will have access to your expertise and personal advice for a wide variety of subjects including, but not limited to: choosing a major, minoring, double-majoring, suggestions for good classes, study abroad experiences, how to apply for scholarships/internships/jobs, etc.

As a Peer Mentor, you will not need prior advising or mentoring experience, just experience as an Honors student at the UW. The point of the program is to offer your perspective as a student to someone who will soon be in the same position, or is considering their options, or who already feels confident in their educational goals and just wants some friendly advice. Peer Mentoring can be a small commitment or a much larger one depending on your involvement and the number of students who choose to seek you out.

Peer Mentors' short bios and contact information will be posted on the Honors website. All students will have access to this page and will contact you with any questions they have. If a student contacts you, we expect you to respond in a timely manner. Peer Mentoring is an excellent way for students to connect and communicate with each other and to build a strong community of well-informed students!

Typical topics of discussion include classes, registration, faculty, time management, Honors courses, majors, and things to see and do around campus. Much of this contact may occur over email or phone, but some Peer Mentors also choose to meet their mentees in person for coffee or an informal tour of campus.

We'll provide you with a list of FAQs and responses, and the Honors staff is always available to help you answer those tough questions, but we expect you to commit to providing your perspective and guidance. If you feel overwhelmed by the number of students contacting you or the questions you're receiving, you can opt out of mentoring at any time by contacting uwhonors@uw.edu, and we'll remove your contact information from the website.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Honors Peer Mentoring coordinator at uwhonors@uw.edu.