Coming into high school is a challenge for freshmen, but with the help of seniors they can be more prepared to deal with what high school has in store for them over the next four years.

Coming into high school is a challenge for freshmen, but with the help of seniors they can be more prepared to deal with what high school has in store for them over the next four years.

I think it’s so easy for young girls to fall into the little pitfalls of high school,” senior Prentiss Edmond said. “But if they had the experience of talking with senior girls about real issues of high school then I think it would help prevent the younger girls from making the mistakes that hinder the enjoyment of being in high school.”

This mentor program is beneficial to freshmen because it prevents the girls from repeating mistakes that seniors may have made their first year of high school.

I truly believe that the better support and interventions for freshman will lead to higher academic achievement and increase social adjustment,” FIERCE program leader Teresa Farell said.

There are various reasons why seniors would want to join this program and become mentors to freshmen.

“I decided to become a mentor because I’m choosing to major in Psychology and I’d like to be a clinical psychologist and I figured this would be a great opportunity,” senior Avery Allen said.

Not only do seniors agree that this program is beneficial, but the freshmen girls can agree, as well.

“I think it’s important for me to be in this program because it will help me with my grades and improve parts of my life and attitude that need my attention,” freshman Lauryn Allgood said.

Senior mentors agree that this program should have been offered to them when they were freshmen themselves.

“I think it would have been helpful to have this opportunity as a freshmen because not all people feel comfortable or have someone to talk to about any issues they’re having with school, and as a young teenager, it really makes a difference if you know that you’re but the only one having those problems,” senior Chantel Scoville said.

Even though the girls are virtually strangers, seniors still want to instill in them the values that they will need to survive high school.

“I think this program will help my mentee because even though we just met the girls, we give them advice regarding their social lives, social media, and positive ways they can show self respect and respect for others,” Prentiss said.

The program helps students build relationships with other students and teachers.

“This was relevant to me because freshmen girls needed to have a place where they could share their feelings and build their inner strength to gain confidence in themselves. I collaborated with Ms. Turner and Ms. Newman to create a ninth grade female mentoring group,” Farell said.

Mentors have plans to help their mentees succeed while in high school by being not only a mentor, but a friend as well.

“I really just befriended my mentee and help them learn and adapt skills to make them successful throughout high school such as study tips, organization, self-respect, healthy lifestyle and being independent,” senior Ali Myatich said.  “Most importantly I want to help my mentee have a happy high school experience.”

 

Photo by Maddie Mason