Student First Mentor Program

What is Student First?

Student First is a mentoring program for first-time freshmen students. The program matches freshmen with mentors (upper-class students) based on their academic interest to provide personalized support and connection to campus resources. Student First is here for you- to help you succeed, grow and successfully graduate from Lake State.

Student first is a free program for all incoming freshmen students! Funds are provided by the Title III grant.

'Student First' Mentor Group

Want to be a mentor? Applications for the 2018-19 academic year will open in early 2018!

The Chat Box

Mentors are available to speak with you regarding multiple issues- improving your GPA, study and test taking skills, time management, on-campus involvement, interpersonal skills, boosting self confidence, and utilizing campus resources. You can find the Chat Box on the main floor of the library.

Hours (Fall/Spring semesters)

Monday-Thursday: 10:00am-9:00pm

Friday: 10:00am-6:00pm

Saturday: CLOSED

Sunday: 5:00pm-9:00pm

Please note: The Chat Box is closed during the summer!

Mentor Sessions

Please join our mentors as they lead bi-monthly sessions to help improve your academic skills! Topics include study skills, test taking strategies, active listening, effective time management, the Cornell note taking method, and social media etiquette.

All sessions for Fall 2017 take place on Sunday at 6:30pm in the Crow’s Nest.

September 10th

September 17th

October 15th

October 29th

November 12th

December 3rd

Please check back soon for a finalized topic schedule!

Improve your test taking skills! social media etiquette! presentation skills! time management! research skills!

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Student Testimonials

“My name is Morgan Shafer and I am a junior nursing student at Lake State. This school year I have had the amazing op­portunity to be a Student First Mentor to four pre-nursing students. I was impacted and inspired by all of their hardworking and positive attitudes. I am so blessed to have had an opportunity to share my passion for my school to several new students helping them get adjusted in the transition from high school to college. I benefited in so many ways from this op­portunity. It has a helped me meet new people whom I now call my friends. It has also helped me to enhance my time management skills as I balanced two small side jobs, extracurricular activities and nursing school.”

Morgan Shafer (B.S. 2016)
Morgan Shafer (B.S. 2016)

“My experience as a student first mentee was phenomenal. The program really helped me grow as a student and as a social person. Coming into LSSU, I didn’t know anybody. I was alone constantly and very quickly I began experiencing the symptoms of depression. I went to student first because it was an organized group and I just needed to meet people. There, I met my wonderful mentor, Morgan Shafer and a great friend. Morgan was a very dedicated mentor. She was always there to talk and answer any questions I had. I enjoyed meeting with her and learning how to be a successful student from her. Participating in Student First made me come out of my shell a little bit. I started making many more friends and I was generally happier with my decision. I would recommend Student First to any college freshman because you really do learn skills that you need to be successful in college.”

Jenna Breen (B.S. 2018)
Jenna Breen (B.S. 2018)