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FYE Student Mentors

“One of the greatest values of mentors is the ability to see ahead what others cannot see and to help them navigate a course to their destination.” — John C. Maxwell

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FYE Mentors are students like you but with experience! They work with incoming students to navigate the college process and technology, and direct students to the various programs and services offered on campus. FYE students are able to connect with a mentor via MSJC email, face-to-face, and now through virtual online meetings.

Virtual Online Hours: 

Schedule an appointment with an FYE Mentor! Students can set up appointments or chat with any available mentor for quick questions. You must have an MSJC Student Email to log into Cranium Cafe and meet with and FYE Student Mentor. If you cannot log in to Cranium Cafe, you can set up an appointment for a Zoom meeting. 

FYE Student Mentors are available:

Monday - Thursday 11:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Connecting with an FYE Mentor:

Students may meet with any mentor for a mentoring session during operation hours. FYE Mentors also send emails to FYE students via MSJC email every week with reminders for important dates, resources, virtual updates, activities with other departments, and to follow-up with each FYE student’s experience. FYE students are encouraged to connect with their mentor via MSJC email and meet with them at least once a month.

Not sure what to talk about? FYE Mentors can give students insight to the following:

  • Navigating and getting connected to resources, programs, and services on campus
    • Canvas, Self-Service, and MSJC Email
    • Finding scholarships
    • Class registration
    • FAFSA assistance
    • Connecting students to appropriate services
  • Providing support and guidance for first-year students
    • Work-study-life balance
    • Transitioning to college life
    • Buying textbooks
    • Share personal college experiences
  • Preparing for college classes and developing effective study habits:
    • Goal Setting and Mindset
    • Time Management
    • College Reading Strategies
    • Critical Thinking Strategies
    • Understanding Prompts
    • Stress and Coursework Management

Apply to be an FYE Mentor

Want to make a difference and get a paycheck? Consider applying to be an FYE Mentor. The First Year Experience (FYE) Program is seeking motivated, engaging, constructive, and well-balanced students to serve as peer-mentors for students starting their first year in college.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • Be a current MSJC student
  • Cumulative 2.5 GPA
  • Completion of two semesters at MSJC (minimum of 12 units)
  • Maintain at least half-time enrollment status (6 units) for each semester employed
  • Attend Orientation and follow-up trainings each semester employed
  • Submit the FYE Mentor application AND 2 letters of recommendation (either from two faculty OR one faculty and one counselor)
Desired Qualifications:
  • Possess excellent interpersonal, customer service, and communication skills
  • Cumulative 3.0 GPA
  • Actively involved on campus through a program, SGA, club, or sport
  • Basic knowledge of MSJC campus and online resources, services, and programs
  • Basic knowledge of computer programs (MSJC email, Canvas, Self-Service, Microsoft Office, Zoom)

For questions or to learn more about becoming an FYE Mentor, contact:

Isamar Amaya
FYE Mentoring Specialist
951-639-5766
iamaya@msjc.edu