In watching Mary Claire navigate through this first college semester, it has become clear to me that she has developed some wonderful networks and mentoring relationships, mostly in her experiences with older Delta Gammas and her interactions with her honors program advisors. It made me want to share my thoughts on peer mentoring with all of you parents out there who may still be looking for ways to encourage your own daughters to seek advice and encouragement from those physically present in their daily lives.
Finding an upperclassman or a peer mentor/advisor in one’s college of interest or in one’s sorority can bring a wealth of knowledge and confidence to the new college freshman. In the last few weeks, when Mary Claire has been trying to decide what classes to register for next semester, whether she should seek out part time employment, or even if she should consider running for a sorority office, her older DG sisters have been a huge help. When she has come to me asking my advice, I have encouraged her to call or text the women she knows and respects living at Delta Gamma. She also has some special friendships with upperclassmen in other sororities whom she can consult. This has proven invaluable to her re: the recent decisions she has had to make.
There will always be a handful of older sorority sisters who are involved on campus, leaders in their chapter, and savvy in campus employment and involvement opportunities. They are usually the sorority sisters who enthusiastically love sharing this information with their new members so our daughters should take advantage of this resource. Peer mentoring is a valuable tool that can assist our daughters in several areas: academics, leadership development, employment, relational and social issues, spiritual development…the list goes on and on.
As the holidays approach we are looking forward to having our college student back home amidst the family chaos. I want to wish all of you a safe and blessed time with your family this month and into the New Year.
You shall have a song as in the night
when a Holy Feast is kept;
and gladness of heart. -Isaiah 30:29
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