First Year Mentoring


First Year Mentors provide freshmen with tailored support in transitioning to campus, integrating academic and social opportunities, and building community at Cal Poly.

  • First Year Mentors provide first-year students with tailored mentoring support in transitioning to campus, integrating academic and social opportunities, and building community at Cal Poly.
  • Serve 3-5 mentees throughout the 2018-19 Academic Year in both group and individual meetings.
  • Utilize a “THRIVE” framework while working with mentees, with an emphasis on skill-building within: time management, diversity and inclusion, community involvement, academic success and studying strategies, stress management, goal setting, strengths and values exploration, career-readiness exploration, and anything else related to personal, academic and professional growth.
  • Collaborate with your First Year Experience Coordinator and fellow First Year Mentors to further the mission of the program.
  • Provide bi-weekly reports and participate in weekly team meetings.
  • 3.0 GPA preferred
  • OCOB Student in any concentration
  • Attend a Meet & Greet during the week of May 7th
    • Meet & Greet times listed on the application
  • Attend Spring Quarter Training Session
    • Sunday, June 3rd, 2018, 10am-2pm
  • Attend a pre-WOW Student Leadership Training
    • Sunday, Sept 16th, time TBD.
  • Attend WOW Academic Day to meet and greet with all Orfalea first-year students
    • Monday, Sept. 17th, time TBD
  • Meet with your Mentees weekly during your assigned BUS 100 Section
    • Winter and Spring Meetings with your mentees will be determined by the mentee

Overview

Orfalea’s First Year Mentoring program provides first-year students with support in their transition to Cal Poly. First Year Mentors serve as guides to freshmen throughout their entire first year, assisting them in achieving academic success, exploring leadership and involvement opportunities, and developing early career-readiness skills.

Role of a First Year Mentor:

  • Demonstrate positive role-modeling
  • Foster a sense of belonging
  • Encourage academic and personal success
  • Support in goal setting
  • Assist in seeking leadership opportunities
  • Give back to the Orfaela College of Business
  • Opportunity to impact the life of an incoming Orfalea first-year student
  • Improve the sense of community among first-year students
  • Gain leadership experience as an “OrfaLeader”
  • To provide first-year students in the Orfalea College of Business with an inclusive mentoring environment that promotes growth and professionalism.

Motto: 

Transformation Honesty Resourcefulness Inclusion Vision Empowerment

First Year Mentor – Assist mentee in transitioning to academic rigor and university education expectations through:

  • Connection to appropriate resources
  • Adjusting to new study strategies
  • Time management skills for the quarter system

Mentee – Develop a core understanding of academic expectations and application of study skills and strategies.

First Year Mentor – Assist mentee in finding social outlets to engage and participate in through:

  • Discovery of clubs, organizations, or on-campus groups
  • Explore venues for on-campus leadership opportunities

Mentee – Develop new social communities and groups to foster passions and interests.

First Year Mentor – Assist mentee in building campus community through:

  • Exploring professional community through leadership and career exploration
  • Major / Concentration exploration
  • Building relationships with faculty and staff

Mentee – Develop an on-campus support system for success.

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Rodrigo Rico

Lead

3rd Year

Business Administration

Finance

Sonoma, CA

Enzo Fuenzalida

Hiring/Outreach

1st Year

Business Administration

Undeclared

San Mateo, CA

Epsa Sharma

Hiring/Training

2nd Year

Business Administration

Information Systems

Sacramento, CA

Jade Chan

Hiring/Training

2nd Year

Business Administration

Undeclared

Castro Valley, CA

Peter Hajali

Hiring/Training

1st Year

Business Administration

Undeclared

Tustin, CA

Lauren Harris

Lead

3rd Year

Business Administration

Information Systems

San Diego, CA

Juliana Yee

Events Planning

3rd Year

Business Administration

Human Resources

Alameda, CA

Justin Au-Yeung

Events Planning

2nd Year

Business Administration

Accounting and Information Systems

San Francisco, CA

Rodrigo Vasquez

Finance

2nd Year

Business Administration

Finance

San Ramon, CA

Jessica Lewis

Marketing/Outreach

2nd Year

Business Administration

Marketing

Tualatin, Oregon

Madi McIntyre

Lead

3rd Year

Business Administration

Finance

San Diego,CA

Kayla Varney

Marketing/Outreach

1st Year

Business Administration

Undeclared

Seattle, WA

Kathryn Chhan

Marketing/Outreach

3rd Year

Business Administration

Accounting

Sacramento, CA

Puneet Mahesha

Tech

1st Year

Industrial Technology and Packaging

Undeclared

Foster City, CA

For more information, please contact:

    Justin Gomez | Academic Advisor & Success Coach
    ngomez13@calpoly.edu | (805) 756-5356