The mentorship programs hosted by First To Go aim to provide a stable support system to aid students in their transition to college life. The mentor-mentee relationship aspires to foster a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere for the students, as the mentors encourage participants to voice out their concerns and difficulties, may it be academic, financial, or social; but also celebrate all of their mentee's successes. Most importantly, mentors serve as advocates for their mentees, aiding them in any which way they can.
As part of the First To Go Program at LMU, the Peer-to-Peer mentoring program aims to help the First To Go Scholars with their transition into college life by providing each scholar with a peer mentor to help them throughout their first year. Each scholar is paired with an upperclassmen mentor on the basis of common majors, career/professional goals, and/or similar interests.
“Having an FTG Peer Mentor has helped me in ways beyond what I expected. To have someone that you can reach out to that not only provides you with assistance on all things LMU but also someone who you can relate to on a personal level and knows exactly the things you’re going through is an amazing advantage to have. Having a person who has gone through the exact same scenarios and emotions as a first gen. college student helped my transition to college become a lot smoother than I would have previously thought. I am truly grateful.” -- Andrei Pineda (Class of 2020)
Faculty/Staff Mentoring Program
The Faculty and Staff Mentoring Program, as part of First To Go, aims to connect students from the First to Go Community with faculty and Staff who have or are currently pursuing a career in the field of interest of the student. These faculty and Staff mentors also belong to the First Gen. community, and serve to provide advice and resources to their mentees during their time at LMU and beyond. The FTG Mentoring Program continues to be a highlight program with over 120 mentors (ranging from Program Coordinators, Resident Directors, Associate Faculty, Associate Deans, Directors, Vice Provosts and more).
“The [Faculty/Staff] Mentoring Program helped me grow as both a student and as a person. I gained so much insight from their professional expertise, and their advice never led me astray. I know I can always come to my mentor for help” - Cynthia Garcia (Class of 2018)