ROAR 2 Success Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):
How are students selected to participate in ROAR 2 Success? Confirmed first year students will be sent a virtual postcard invitation in the spring as long as they are not enrolled in Honors Program, Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), Say Yes Program, or are International students. These programs have similar supports, so we don’t want to overwhelm students.
How often do I meet with my Completion Coach? Ideally, we ask that students meet with their Coach at least once per month if they are doing well in classes and have no other needs. However, if you have had a more difficult transition Coaches prefer to meet with students bi-weekly to ensure that we assist you with resolving any issues you may be experiencing. Coaches use the Bengal Success Portal to identify student progress and will reach out to students on a targeted basis. If you ever need to meet with a Coach more often, feel free to message your assigned Coach in the Bengal Success Portal, view their calendar and set up an appointment in the portal, or simply send them an email.
What is Mentorship? Mentorship is a process in which an experienced individual helps another person develop his/her goals and skills through on-going, supportive conversations and learning exercises. First year students enrolled in the ROAR 2 Success program will serve as mentees and be matched with a returning Buffalo State student who will take on the role of mentor.
How are students assigned to a mentor? Peer mentors are assigned to a small group of first year students with similar majors. You will receive an email notification once you are matched to your peer group.
What is the purpose of a mentor? Peer mentors are great sources of insight because very often they have experienced similar situations and barriers that their first-year mentees may also encounter. Peer mentors will help the Completion Coaches by assisting students during their transition to college life. The following topics will be covered: nutrition education, financial literacy, strategies to adapt to the challenges of academic rigor, effective time management and study skills development. Additionally, peer mentors will provide engagement opportunities for first-year students through workshops, socials, and community events.
How often do students meet with mentors? Peer Mentors will schedule a weekly standing 1-hour check in session with their mentees. During this time mentors will talk with their mentees in a group and discuss the identified topics for the month. Additionally, mentors will advertise a weekly 2-hour time block for office hours. During this time students who missed the group meeting for the week or those that prefer to meet with their mentor one-on-one will have an opportunity to connect with their mentor.
Can I be a mentor? First year students are ineligible to be mentors but, we are always recruiting for the next generation of Peer Mentor Leaders, if you have leadership ability and are at least a 2nd year student at Buffalo State College and would like to impact the next freshman class in a positive way, we would love to have you. If you have questions please email Marvin Smith or complete an application and let us know you are interested!
What if I am not interested in being in the ROAR 2 Success program? We would recommend that even if you don’t feel you need a Completion Coach, mentor, or the first-year engagement that you not opt out of support as things sometimes change. However, if you are truly not interested in services you can email your assigned Coach and let them know.