Psychology department debuts new mentoring program – Grand Valley Lanthorn – Grand Valley Lanthorn

On Oct. 14 2021, the Grand Valley State University psychology department launched a new program called Psych Friends. The aim of this peer-to-peer mentorship program is to help students who are studying psychology and behavioral neuroscience at the undergraduate level. 

After noticing a higher-than-before demand for help within the psychology department, the Psychology Retention Committee sent out a survey to many applicable students. They were then able to gauge how much help current students truly needed in addition to what specific areas they were struggling in the most. The psychology department hopes that this program will help students enhance their academic success through amplified time management skills and overall study skills.

As of right now, 11 mentors are volunteering their time to help students who seek them out. All mentors are GVSU students at either a junior or senior standing and will provide 20 hours per week on average of their time to the program and their fellow peers. This means that around 20 students will be able to get mentorship per week through this program. 

Although fairly new, the members of the program are hopeful that this opportunity will not only provide students with academic skills, but also build a tight-knit community within the psychology department for years to come.

β€œThe overall goal is to build community within the psychology department,” said Allison Cox, a School of Psychology graduate student involved in the formation of the program. 

She goes on to explain that students have explained hardships they have faced during the