New2TU Mentorship Program
Tiffin University welcomes new students from Ohio, across the United States, and over 30 countries around the world. Students move onto campus only days before the semester begins. Once they arrive, they are confronted with a handful of anxieties and emotions including homesickness, culture shock, and academic stress. The New2TU Mentorship program was created to help new international students connect with current Tiffin University students to alleviate some of the initial stress and apprehension of the new environment. The program aims to ease the transition to American culture and college life at Tiffin University while creating friendships in the process.
How New2TU Works
New Tiffin University international students are paired up with upper-class domestic students to participate in one-on-one and group activities throughout the semester. New partners learn about American culture, Tiffin University and the surrounding community, while being introduced to campus life through interactions with their New2TU mentor. Mentors also benefit from the new students through leadership building and cultural diversity.
Participating in New2TU does involve commitment. New2TU partners must commit to attending the semester welcome event to meet his/her partner and the other program participants. Throughout the course of the semester, partners must meet at least seven times (approximately twice per month). There will be a list of suggested activities and events that partners can attend. Mentors are also required to keep a short journal detailing their experiences with their partner. The journal will be submitted at the end of the semester to the Office of Student Retention and International Student Services Office in order to receive co-curricular credit and ensure all requirements have been met. Then, the journal will be given to the Mentorís New2TU partner as a keepsake.
New2TU Mentors will receive 8 hours of co-curricular credit (graduation requirement). New2TU Students will receive a personal guide to assist in the acclimation to Tiffin University for their first semester.