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Peer Mentor Program

Peer Mentor Profiles:

Ruthny Bonnet

Portrait of Ruthny Bonnet
My name is Ruthny. I am a Criminal Justice major with a minor in psychology. I plan to move to D.C. or anywhere near there to continue my education in the government and law enforcement. I am an event coordinator in the Black Student Union, a first responder and EMS and a choir member. I love hanging out with my friends and family and I love meeting new people!

Nicole Epstein

Portrait of Nicole Epstein
I am Nicole, a Junior Severe Special Education and Elementary Education Major! I am from the woods of New Hampshire and live near the lake. This is the first summer I have not had a boat on Lake Winnipesaukee,  however I have taken up jet skiing!! I love being outdoors and finding hidden watering holes. At Fitchburg State I love spending time with my friends and  working a lot.

Neve Palmieri

Portrait of Neve Palmieri
I'm Neve, I am a senior Professional Communications major with a minor in Business Administration. After Graduation, I plan to move out to Los Angeles, California to pursue a career in the music industry as a VIP Coordinator of Meet & Greets for artists. I'm a Peer Mentor, I am an Orientation Leader, a member of Phi Sigma Sigma and Dance Club where I am the treasurer.

Ismael Berroa

My name is Ismael Berroa Jr, but you can call me Ish. I am a commuter who takes the bus from place to place. I am a Senior and my major is Computer Information Systems. The clubs that I attend is CACF (Campus Ambassadors Christian Fellowship), Role Playing Guild, and Smash Club. I like to bake, play video games, and to mess around with computers.

Peer Mentor Program Goals

  • Heighten students' awareness of and exposure to University life
  • Foster positive self-esteem
  • Improve students' overall G.P.A.
  • Increase class attendance
  • Improve the intellectual, cultural, and social well-being of students

Mentor Qualifications

Expanding Horizons' Mentors are students who maintain a 2.5 GPA. Each mentor applies and interviews with the EHP staff before being selected for this position. Each year, EHP mentors begin the start of the academic year, prior to the Pre-semester Orientation Program, with a 2 day training coordinated by the Career & Mentor Program Coordinator. The training includes topics on leadership, mentoring, diversity, program objectives, and communication. Mentors learn new skills and further develop their current ones. Mentors then participate in the Pre-semester Orientation Program so they can assist new students adjusting to University life.

Participant Benefits

  • Increase mentors' awareness of diversity and student development issues through their increased contacts and interpersonal relationships.
  • Provide a climate in which mentors may derive personal satisfaction and pride from their active participation in students' academic and personal success.
  • Establish close working relationship with students and EHP staff.
  • In an effort to promote social/cultural experience for all EHP students, mentors work with EHP's Academic Advisors to plan activities for the Fall and Spring semesters.