First- Year Experience Mentoring Program

Mentors are leaders in the A&M-SA community who are passionate about working with a diverse group of students and committed to their mentees' learning and development.  Mentors serve as a resource for incoming first-year students to help them make a successful transition and navigate the academic, social, and personal challenges during their journey.  Mentors are partnered with an instructor of Jaguar Tracks I to provide the student perspective to encourage students to discover, engage, and connect in and outside of the classroom to find their sense of belonging in the Jaguar community.  Mentees can look forward to meeting with their Mentor at least once a semester in one-on-one meetings and attending campus events and programs together.  

Mission of First-Year Experience Mentoring Program

Mentors promote student engagement and foster an inclusive environment for students to find their sense of belonging and thrive on campus. 

Values of First-Year Experience Mentoring Program

Enthusiasm: Mentors are enthusiastic about getting their students involved on campus and teaching them about  events, programs, and traditions on campus.  

Professionalism: Mentors are respectful and courteous when communicating and working with faculty, staff, and students. 

Adaptability: Mentors adapt and recognize the different needs of students and provide them with the support they each need. 

Leadership: Mentors demonstrate what it means to be a successful student at A&M-SA.  They practice good time management and study skills for their mentees to follow.  

Mentor Job Description and Requirements 

Mentor Program Expectations:

    • Attend weekly all-staff  and one-on-one meetings with the Coordinator for University 101 Program during the academic year.
    • Maintain communication with Coordinator for University 101 Programs and other FYE staff, check Jaguar email regularly, reply to emails within 48 hours.  This includes emails during the summer months.  Read the PM Paws. 
    • Plan and attend mentor sponsored programs.
    • Attend at least three outreach events with FYE (i.e. admissions and recruitment events) in the spring and fall semesters. 
    • Maintain a 2.75 cumulative and semester GPA. 
    • Remain in good standing with the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities
    • Be a full-time undergraduate student enrolled at Texas A&M University-San Antonio. 

Jaguar Tracks Mentoring Expectations:

    • Co-teach Jaguar Tracks I with an instructor; attend all class meetings. 
    • Partner with Jaguar Tracks I instructor to deliver the student perspective on each class lesson. 
    • Meet regularly with instructor to contribute to lesson planning and preparation. 
    • Attend and actively participate in all required training throughout the spring and fall semesters. 
    • Conduct one-on-one and small group meetings with each student in their class. 
    • Address specific concerns, in and out of class (emails, phone, and meetings). 
    • Serve as a role model to new students. 
    • Serve as a liaison between FYE, instructors, and students. 
    • Provide information about campus services and involvement opportunities to students.