What is a Peer Mentor?

Peer Mentors serve to support and encourage student success, specifically new and first or second year students. Peer Mentors help students throughout the academic year through one-on-one and group meetings. Peer Mentors will be a knowledgeable guide for students, someone who can provide access to ideas, study tips, resources and ultimately a role model and advocate!

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Responsibilities of a Peer Mentor

  • Serve as an enthusiastic, positive role model and resource to help students succeed.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with and provide assistance for students (focus on a smooth transition, acclimation, and a sense of belonging).
  • Plan / attend various events for students such as career exploration, skills training, and study tips.
  • Help facilitate and encourage student attendance to the above referenced events.

Meet your Peer Mentors for 2022-2023

Sophia Meador

Hello! My name is Sophia, and I am a third-year majoring in Journalism and Mass Communication and Political Science. Outside of school, I am the Opinions Editor and designer at The Daily Iowan, and I work at the downtown Iowa City Starbucks. Some interests of mine include column writing, investigative research, and design. As a peer mentor, one of the best ways I can assist you is in workshopping your writing. I have experience in both journalistic and nonfiction writing. Additionally, I can help with classes such as Media History and Culture, Media Ethics and Diversity, and Freedom of Expression.

Sophia Meador

My office hours are: 

  • Mondays: 3pm - 5pm
  • Tuesdays: 9am - 1pm
  • Wednesdays: 3pm - 5pm

Please stop by, or reach me at sophia-meador@uiowa.edu

 

 

Sophia Restiffe-Favoretto

Hi! I’m an international student from Brazil at theUniversity of Iowa. I’m a junior inJournalism Mass Communication, double majoring inItalianI’m a huge advocate for international students! I’m anInternational Student Ambassadorfor theOffice of AdmissionsSo, if you are an international student (or not!) don’t hesitate to reach out to me!  

Sophia Restiffe-Favoretto

Office hours: 

  • Wednesdays 3:30pm to 5:30pm 
  • Thursdays 1:00pm to 5:00pm 
  • Fridays 3:30pm to 5:30pm 

Email:sophia-restiffefavoretto@uiowa.edu 

 

 

Rin Swann

Hi, everyone! My name is Rin, and I am a fourth-year double majoring in Journalism and Mass Communication and English and Creative Writing. Outside of journalism, I am the vice president of the English Honors Society, Alpha Tau Iota, and I have experience working with the Daily Iowan. My areas of interest include feature and magazine writing and creative writing. As a peer mentor, one of the major ways I can help is by reviewing your class essays and projects. If you ever have questions on how to formulate a journalistic story or you want to talk about the intersection between English and journalism, I’m always willing to help! 

Rin Swann

My office hours are: 

  • Mondays 2pm to 5pm
  • Tuesdays 12:15pm to 2pm
  • Wednesdays 1pm to 5pm
  • Thursdays 12:15pm to 2pm

Email: corinne-swann@uiowa.edu 

 

Josie Taylor

Hi everyone! My name is Josie and I am a senior. I’m majoring in Journalism and Mass Communication, and I’m getting a Writing Certificate. Outside of school, I am an editor for Her Campus at Iowa, a women’s magazine at UI, and I work as a library assistant in the libraries in UIHC. I have a lot of experience with writing and editing and some experience with video, audio and photography. As a peer mentor, I want to help you in any way I can. If you need class work help or just need someone to talk to, stop by my office hours!

Josie Taylor

You can find me in the student center:

  • Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:30pm to 5:30pm  

Feel free to reach out through email at josie-taylor@uiowa.edu