CHAMPS Mentors Offer Their Best Lessons for Online Students
Ashford University’s CHAMPS (Collaborative, Holistic, Academic Mentoring for Peer Success) Peer Mentoring program matches high-achieving, tenured students (mentors) with new students (mentees) to help them adjust to the online school setting. The mentors support their mentees by answering questions big and small, and helping them navigate online education. Help is given, challenges are overcome, and friendships are formed.
Many students have begun as mentees and then become mentors themselves. Recently, some of the CHAMPS mentors shared their most memorable moments starting out at Ashford University—and the most important lessons they pass on to the students they now mentor.
The Role of Mentors
Mentor Miasia Holleman remembers what it felt like starting out as a new student at Ashford. “I felt overwhelmed at times,” she recalls, “but that’s why mentors are here to help new students.
“If you have any questions or concerns or need help navigating the website and course pages, always, always reach out to your mentors and advisors,” Miasia says. “We are always there to help you whenever you need it.”
Use Your Resources
Mentor Rickey Eberhardt also understands feeling overwhelmed when first entering the online classroom. “Keep your head up!” he encourages. He notes that students should take things one step at a time, learn time management, and—perhaps most importantly—get to know your resources. “It’s one of the biggest lessons you can learn.” Resources include websites, instructors, mentors and mentor coordinators.
Fellow mentor Machele Carter echoes Rickey’s advice. “Utilize all the programs offered to help you become a better student,” says Machele. “Ashford has many programs like the Writing Center, grammar checks, and Library; they also have 24-hour chats in most of these programs.”
The CHAMPS Mentor Program is just one of the resources available to students at Ashford. The entire community is here to help everyone succeed.
Says Rickey, “We are in this with you. Lean on us. Trust us. We want the best for you.”
Written by Kelsey Bober, Content Manager for Bridgepoint Education.