Summer Start Mentors

A Summer Start Mentor is a caring and responsible student leader who serves as a guide to incoming first-year and transfer students participating in the Summer Start program. Summer Start Mentors work collaboratively with the Summer Start professional staff to help students develop important academic and social skills, participate in new opportunities, and learn about a wide array of campus resources.  They also develop close individual relationships with each of their mentees through weekly one-on-one meetings and participation in program events, such as cookouts, sponsored trips, and other social activities.

To help aid applicants with preparation for what the role will entail, this website contains a description of responsibilities and expectations for the orientation program. All interested applicants are highly encouraged to attend an information session to learn more about the application process and the expectations of the role.

The Summer Start Mentor role will provide you with the opportunity to learn more about yourself and your personal values, challenge yourself, and most importantly aid new students in their transition to North Carolina State University. We are excited you are considering making this role a part of your NC State experience.

What are previous Summer Start Mentors saying?

“As a Summer Start Mentor, it was amazing to see how my mentees learned to grow, adapt, and realize what they are capable of when they came to NC State. I would recommend this position to anyone who wants to make an impact on someone’s life and develop leadership skills.”

  • Briella Jackson, Junior in Biological Sciences: Human Biology

“My favorite part about being a Summer Start mentor was helping students adapt to campus life. It is their first time living on their own, and being their support system during the summer will allow them to have a better transition to campus life. Seeing my mentees grow as students, learn about campus resources and opportunities, and succeed in and out of classes is very rewarding.”

  • Fei Lei, Senior, Economics

“My favorite part about being a Summer Start Mentor was building connections with not only my mentees but also the other mentors. I really feel that we created a Summer Start community and I’m thankful to have had this experience.”

  • Ryan Gibson, Sophomore, Industrial Engineering

“Being a Summer Start Mentor is cool because you’re a big part of the first impression of NC State for a lot of students. It’s fun to help students get excited about the university and also help them learn how to succeed in college. It’s a great experience because you get to mentor and positively impact students while also learning a lot yourself. It’s also a great way to meet a lot of new people!”

  • Laylani Callaway, Junior, Applied Mathematics

“My time as a Summer Start Mentor was one for the books! Being one of the first faces that new students may have seen was rewarding as I had the pleasure of representing NC State in a meaningful way while learning more about what our campus has to offer. It was so fun to work with such a diverse team that helped me learn a lot about myself. Seeing my mentees grow as I helped them get acclimated to life as part of the Wolfpack was definitely my favorite part of being a mentor!”

  • Warda Moughal, Senior, Biological Sciences, Human Biology