Salus University’s Peer Mentorship Program Benefits All Involved
When Maricela Cantuna ‘23OD and Sana Fasihudden ‘23OD arrived at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry (PCO) at Salus, they were looking for a little guidance, which they found in the form of the university’s Peer Mentoring program.
The purpose of the program is for second-year students to help first-year students become acclimated to the university’s Optometry, Audiology and Occupational Therapy programs.
Both students had such a good experience being “mentees” in the program during their first year that the following year, they both decided to give something back to the program and become “mentors.”
The program is really about helping first-year students acclimate and having their own personal resource in the mentor they are assigned, according to Monae Kelsey, MS, associate director of Student Engagement and assistant director of Admissions at Salus. Kelsey and Salus University counselor Tami April-Davis, PsyD are co-coordinators of the peer mentoring program.