By Mary Rand – 1851 Contributor
When I was a first-year student, I spent a lot of time lounging in my dorm room to kill time. After class I’d go back to my dorm. After going to the dining hall I’d go back to my dorm. After working out at the gym I’d go back to my dorm. If someone were to try and tell the freshman version of myself that I would be a peer mentor I would tell them that they’re crazy! They’re crazy to think I will ever do anything other than hangout in my dorm.
I never felt involved on campus my first year- and I never thought this feeling would disappear. I started to notice that my peers were getting involved in Student Government Association (SGA) or joining clubs like, empty bowls or Public Relations Alliances (PRA). I remember thinking it was so out of my ballpark to get involved here on campus.
As two years passed by…
I joined as a member of the PRA club. I knew that I wanted to declare my major as Public Relations, so I thought it would be fun to join the club. It finally felt like my life was coming together. I wasn’t spending every free chance I got in my dorm. I was actively hanging out with my new friends on and off campus. I took the T into the city to go shopping in downtown crossing with friends, and endured many late night trips to insomnia cookies.
One day I was sitting in my first year seminar class and I realized I wanted to be a peer mentor to offer future FYS students a better experience than I was offered. From that moment forward I was determined to make that change for future Lasell students. I was now involved on campus and knew I had the determination it takes to become a peer mentor. I want to leave the “bad” that I learned from my peer mentor, and take the “good.” I knew I wanted to be a peer mentor so I joined IDS106 to be certified, and now I am happy as ever peer mentoring Professor Franklin’s Art of Media storytelling first year seminar class.