The AALANA mentor program is invaluable to me. All the stresses and worries of being a new student to the campus can pile up into a heap of anxiety that can weigh a student down. The AALANA mentor program provides student support and teambuilding events that help all new students with their transitions to college, which in turn reduces the anxiety that students feel. I would like to thank all the mentors for all of the hard work they put into this program! You guys rock!"
“After participating in the EOP summer academy where I got acquainted with the campus, joining the AALANA Mentor Program has given me an added advantage as I have become more involved in campus activities. The transition to college, as a freshman, has been relatively less difficult for me. My mentor, Giselle, and I meet on a regular basis and our friendship has grown steadily. We go to the library more often and have little study groups with other students. Giselle tries to keep each one of her mentees informed about different activities that are taking place on campus and she is helping me in my quest for membership into Voices of Serenity. I appreciate Giselle’s reassuring smile and hugs and counsel. Having a mentor that is there for you whenever you need to talk to someone is a big comfort in college. I’ll be sad when Giselle graduates in December, but I will also be happy because I will like to follow in her footsteps.”
“Joining the AALANA Mentor Program has been a great experience for me. I have learned a lot from my mentor, Jasmine Smith, the AALANA Mentor Program Supervisor, Bernadette Tiapo, and from other students in the program. I've learned time management skills which have been invaluable for me in the course of the semester, especially in making and keeping up with a study plan. By keeping up with my study schedule, I was able to realize I have a lot of free time in between classes and after dinner. With encouragement from my mentor, I have joined other clubs on campus like the ISO and CUAC. I have learned about many different cultures from ISO. CUAC has also introduced me to all the fun events that are run on campus. What I like best about SUNY Oneonta are all the friendly and helpful people that are there to direct you in the right direction.”
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