First Cats Mentoring

ARE YOU A FIRST-GEN COLLEGE STUDENT?

A first-generation college student is defined as a student: 

  • who comes from a home where neither parent/legal guardian has completed a four-year bachelor’s degree; 

  • OR whose parent(s)/legal guardian(s) completed a bachelor’s degree or equivalent in a country outside of the United States; 

  • OR who has separated or divorced parents and the parent with primary custody, or with whom the student lives with a majority of the time, does not have a bachelor’s degree; 

  • OR who was/is a homeless youth, in the foster care system, or a ward of the state. 

Three students talk on the steps of Bear Down Gym while a group of other students approach from the left on the sidewalk.

 

If you feel like you are a first-gen college student, consider having the First Cats Mentoring Program join your transition into college. With First Cats, you’ll not only get a peer mentor and a group of other First Cats to meet with, you’ll also be engaging with the larger First Cats community at UArizona which consists of more than 10,000 students, staff, faculty, and administrators! Click below on which type of programming you are interested in: First Year/Freshman or Second Year/Sophomore. For those of you that are beyond your first two years at UArizona or don’t think mentoring is best for you now but you want to get connected to First Cats, visit the First Cats website to get connected with campus-wide First Cats programming.

We are so excited to get to join your journey! Invite your peers and friends you think would benefit to connect with First Cats.

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First Cats believes in the value of peer mentoring. During the first year, students are paired with a Peer Mentor, someone who was in your shoes not too long ago. Through biweekly one-on-one meetings with a Peer Mentor and interactive group workshops (12 overall meetings per semester total), First Cats focuses on successfully tackling the transition to college with you! We will cover getting involved on campus, mastering time management, setting goals, networking, problem solving, resume building and much more!  

By getting involved with First Cats you will have the opportunity to meet new people and be surrounded by a community committed to your success from the start of your journey!

Key Components

  • One-on-one meetings with a peer mentor biweekly (6 meetings per semester)
  • Workshops led by peer mentor biweekly (6 meetings per semester)
  • Meets requirements for first-year Arizona Assurance scholars and ideal for Pell Pledge scholars

Recommendations from Former Participants

"It is a supportive environment, and the mentors really want to make sure that you're adjusting well and informed on things you need to do as a freshman to succeed."  » Freshman First Cats Participant 2019-2020 

“Having to adapt to new place can be intimidating especially when you're saying it aloud that you're starting college. Having a group of people that are also going through the same thing you are and having someone especially for you that listens to you and guides you is very nice.” » Freshman First Cats Participant 2019-2020

“I would say that it is a great program to help you ease into the college life. There is a lot you might think you know, but a lot more you don't, and it's refreshing seeing that your own struggles aren't just your own, someone else might be feeling the same way.” » Freshman First Cats Participant 2019-2020

During the second year, First Cats Mentoring participants have the opportunity to meet with a peer mentor and join interactive workshops on a monthly basis (6 overall meetings per semester total). The second year (participation in first year mentoring not required) is focused on providing guidance on solidifying a major, exploring possible career paths, understanding the difference between graduate school and the workforce, building a resume, and making a detailed plan for the remainder of your time at UA.

By getting involved with First Cats you will have the opportunity to meet new people and be surrounded by a community committed to your success from the start of your journey!

Key Components

  • One-on-one meetings with a peer mentor every month (3 meetings per semester)
  • Workshops led by peer mentor every month (3 meetings per semester)
  • Meets requirements for second-year Arizona Assurance scholars

Recommendations from Former Participants

“I would highlight the amazing people within the culture of first cats, and especially my peer mentor Miranda, who in herself has been a delight to work with as she's been very understanding and is passionate about what she does. She truly does her research to be able to answer questions that i may have brought up at an earlier date.” » Sophomore First Cats Participant 2019-2020

Coming into the UA can be really difficult, and being in First Cats will not only provide you with a team who is consistently willing to help, but it's also an environment where you can make new friends.” » Sophomore First Cats Participant 2019-2020

“To give First Cats a try even if you did not join your freshman year. Talking to mentor is extremely helpful and gives you the opportunity to talk about anything you want to. Workshops help you learn about different things that are on campus or even at your own house.” » Sophomore First Cats Participant 2019-2020

Want to speak with someone?

If you have questions about First Cats Mentoring and whether it's the right fit for you, feel free to schedule a meeting with Ana Navoa, Coordinator for First Cats Mentoring.  You can also reach her at anamarir@arizona.edu.

 

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