Greenfield Community College

Greenfield Community College

Peer Mentors

Peer Mentor Studio – C118

Drop-In Hours:
Monday 10-5
Tuesday 10:30-12:15 and 2-5
Wednesday 10-12 and 1-6
Thursday 10:30-12:15 and 1-5
Friday 10-2

 

Patricia (Patti) Waters

Studying toward a Liberal Arts General associate degree. Will transfer to Frances Perkins Program at Mount Holyoke College (or find a great job!).

Why I chose to be a Peer Mentor

I was excited to be part of a “start up” program at GCC and like the purpose of Peer Mentoring. I want to help students be successful. I like connecting with other students and seeing them connect at GCC. I hope this program helps build community here.

My message to GCC students

Don’t be shy! If you come here to ask a question or look for support and connection, you will find it at Peer Mentoring! Stop in and meet us, see the space. Build relationships.You can come to school every day and leave or you can know a peer mentor and have a familiar face on campus.

Mike Heitke-Felbeck

Studying Engineering Science with a plan to transfer to a four-year program. Mike is also a Peer Tutor, member of the GCC Student Senate, and works at the GCC Food Pantry.

Why I chose to be a Peer Mentor

Being a Compass Mentor means the opportunity to share awareness of all that GCC has to offer in finding an internship, participating in degree & career counseling, transfer advising, and applying for loans and scholarships. There are innumerable resources offered on campus, but it requires knowing they exist. Being a fellow student myself, I can relate to the struggles of balancing school, work, and family – especially in that first semester. I see my role as a peer mentor to assist and have conversations with students about What they enjoy learning, Why they are enrolled: certificate, vocational training, planning to transfer? and Where they aspire to end up and the goals they have.

My message to GCC students

Get involved in a campus club or activity! It’s a great way to meet other students and form friendships, and it’s important to know how many other events happen at the College besides regularly scheduled classes. Also, I have found the Math Studio to be extremely helpful space. Often when I am studying and working on homework, I am able to compare answers with fellow classmates or review material together. Having the math instructors there to assist is also great.

Nicole Graham

Studying Liberal Arts with a plan to transfer to a four-year program in Psychology and the long-term goal of becoming a Therapist. Nicole is also a Peer Tutor and sings in the GCC chorus.

Why I chose to be a Peer Mentor

When I started at GCC I had poor time management, poor attendance, and no goals. The truth of the matter was: I simply was not ready to be in college yet. I followed societal standards that told me that I “had to be in school, because that is what everyone else was doing”. Because I was not prepared to be in college, I stopped going, pursued a 5-6 week certification program, graduated from that, and took time off from school to reassess my goals. Once I discovered what I wanted to do, learned some life lessons, and reorganized my thought process and organization, I knew that I was ready to go back to school. Upon my return, I have succeeded academically, which is something that I never could have imagined for myself. Everybody is different- everybody is unique. Some people finish at GCC in two years, other people take longer to finish- and that is OKAY! We need to believe in ourselves, be gentle with ourselves, and be kind to ourselves. Encouragement from others does nothing but make this process even more beautiful and smooth-sailing. To me, Peer Mentoring is a simple as it sounds: one student helping and guiding another student through their academic experience and career exploration.

My message to GCC students

Please never give up. If you are at any point overwhelmed as a student (whether it be with workload or time management), remember to breathe. We are all human and we all make mistakes- nobody is entirely infallible. There is almost always a way to improve or change your situation and there usually is always somebody that is willing to help. You are not alone and you can succeed- believe in yourself!

 

Brenna Durrah

Liberal Arts Education option with Sociology concentration, studying toward an associate degree and eventually a masters. Will transfer to continue education and pursue career as a teacher.

Why I chose to be a Peer Mentor

For a long time, I struggled with college and I had to find resources by myself, if I ever did. Once I found what I needed, it made everything easier. By being a peer mentor, I am able to connect students to the things they need but don’t know exist. I love working with people and enjoy being able to meet new students and help them with whatever they need.

My message to GCC students

Peer mentoring has been so helpful for the mentees I’ve had.We are here to help. It is important to complete school. It can be really hard and it may not be for everyone, but getting this education can really change lives. Nothing should stop people wanting to achieve those goals. I love this program and am happy to be a part of something that I feel is so useful to everyone at GCC.

Eva Sagan

Eva is studying Liberal Arts with a plan to apply to the Nursing program. In addition to Peer Mentoring, she is a Peer Tutor.

Why I chose to be a Peer Mentor

Peer Mentoring means helping others succeed. I feel very strongly about equality in opportunity, especially when it comes to education. My role as a Peer Mentor is to make sure everyone gets the help and support they need to thrive in classes, and to connect with resources that are applicable to them. I hope that this role will make a big difference in student’s emotional and academic stability because everyone deserves to get the most out of their time here at GCC, regardless of their challenges.

My message to GCC students

If I could offer a piece of advice to a student at GCC it would be: Ask for help. All too often students feel that asking for help is a sign of weakness, when in reality it is a sign of dedication. Since the majority of students at GCC are legally adults, we feel as though we shouldn’t “need” help because the idea of college has been misconstrued to represent a community of independent adults who know what they’re doing. However, we are not that. A big part of succeeding in an academic setting is working with others and getting help when you think you could benefit from it. I waited until my third semester here to visit the Tutoring Center and utilize the library as well as study groups and I got much better grades and felt less stressed and more connected than in the past semesters.

Olatunde Cooper

Biology major, will take Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure, and transfer to UMASS Amherst to study biology and education. Plans to teach secondary education, possibly early childhood education.

Why I chose to be a Peer Mentor

In fall 2001, I enrolled full-time at the University of New Mexico. I had assistance from my older siblings who were attending college, however I lacked direction about my academic future. Despite a 3.5 GPA, with no idea of what I wanted to study, and fear of amassing further student loan debt, I didn’t return for the spring semester. Students attending GCC each face different obstacles in their academic journey. I would have benefited from a peer reaching out to me, to help me with basic questions about navigating the academic landscape. I want to be a resource to students who didn’t grow up taking practice SATs. I want to be there for students who don’t have family members available to hold their hands through the first semesters. Sometimes we all need our hands held, and I have a couple of free ones.

My message to GCC students

No matter what the problem, help is always right around the corner. Students enter college with varying degrees of preparedness. Not every student has a solid foundation, but that doesn’t mean it is too late to start building one. Stop by peer mentoring and let us help you lay those first few bricks.