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Office of First-Year Programs
Ben Trapanick, Director, First-Year Programs
Dwight Hall Room 116

Ashlee Givins, Assistant Director, First-Year Programs
Orientation Coordinator
Dwight Hall Room 116

FSU Foundations Peer Mentors

Students value the opportunity to seek out and receive advice on how to be successful in college from those who have already navigated the first year.  The FSU Foundations Program is designed to help students through the first semester by creating an environment where students can learn necessary skills as well as about valuable resources that are available at Framingham State.  To assist in this transition, one Peer Mentor is part of every Foundations seminar and provides useful advice, based on their own experiences, about academics, encouraging participation in campus events and is available to answer questions in and out of Seminar.  Additionally, they promote habits, in such areas as time management, that lead to overall success.  They are a valuable component of the Foundations program.

The Peer Mentor position is a paid student leadership opportunity where students learn transferable skills such as communication, organization and are educated in the developmental stages of college aged students.  Mentors attend all Seminars and are responsible for organizing activities outside of class to help foster the mentor-student and student-student relationships.  Activities have included attendance at campus events such as the Student Involvement and Major/Minor Fairs, ice cream socials and preparation for the advising and registration processes.  No previous leadership experience is required.  This is a great opportunity to hone skills that are relatable to future positions, work with faculty, administrators and other students and pass on advice that you have learned over the years.

Applicants for fall 2014 Peer Mentors must complete the Common Leader Application and Foundations Peer Mentor supplement to be considered complete. Information on this process can be found on Framingham State's Collegiate Link portal.

For more information on this program, please contact Ben Trapanick, Director of First-Year Programs, at

Framingham State University

100 State Street

PO Box 9101

Framingham, MA 01701-9101


Phone: 508-620-1220