Compass Mentor Application
What is a Compass Mentor?
Compass Mentors work with 3-4 first-year students who identify as first-generation and/or lower-income. A mentor's main objective is to assist their mentees as they navigate Northwestern, seek out resources, and find community. Mentors do this by facilitating one-on-one meetings and social events for mentees and driving dialogue at weekly workshops. Compass Mentors begin supporting their mentee in the Fall through the end of the academic year.
Compass Mentor Responsibilities
- Attend weekly Team Meeting: Tuesdays- 4:00-5:30 PM (this time will remain the same throughout the year)
- Coordinate and facilitate bi-weekly one-on-one with each mentee to provide support
- Drive dialogue about navigating Northwestern as a first year FGLI student at weekly Compass Workshops (Day/Time TBD)
- Plan and attend Compass social events
- Manage quarterly budget for mentee outings
- Participate in bi-weekly 1:1s with SES staff
- Compass Team Meet and Greet: Tuesday, May 31, 6:30 pm
- Compass Mentor Orientation: Friday 9/16 and Saturday 9/17
- Please plan to arrive to campus by Thursday, 9/15
Characteristics of a successful Compass Mentor
- Prioritize position by being timely to all group events and meetings
- Work with and around academic schedule to attend mandatory programming
- Passion for FGLI students and new student needs
- Desire to serve as a role model and mentor
- Desire to foster an inclusive Compass community
- Understanding of how to advocate for self and others
- Able and willing to engage with students in varying academic/social environments
- Exceptional interpersonal and relationship building skills
- Excellent communication skills
- Positive attitude
- Must identify as a lower-income student
- Must have 3.0 GPA at the time of application
- Must be a full-time second year, third year, or fourth year undergraduate student in good academic and non-academic standing
- Must be on-campus for the 2022-2023 academic year (Students with a local practicum/JR are eligible)
- Strong interest in the support and development of lower-income and/or first-generation college students
Mentors will be paid hourly at a $16 rate. They will work between 3.5 to 8 hours depending on the week.
The Compass application is now open! Please apply by Sunday, April 17. We are excited you are interested in becoming a Compass Mentor. Applying involves 3 steps:
- Complete the Compass Mentor Application
- Participate in a Group Interview process
- Applicants selected to continue in our interview process will be scheduled for an individual interview
The Compass Mentor application collects basic information, has an essay portion, and will ask you to select group interview availability. Once the application is submitted you will receive a confirmation email. You will receive an additional follow-up email to confirm your group interview time and location on Monday (4/17). Below are the essay questions.
- Tell us why you want to be a Compass Mentor. (150 words)
- Please share your definition of peer mentorship and why it is beneficial for a first-gen and/or lower income (FGLI) first-year? (200 words)
- Write to a new student about an experience, specific to being FGLI, that challenged you during your first year at Northwestern. Please include what you learned and what you would want this new student to take away from the experience. (300 words)
The Group Interviews are scheduled for Tuesday, April 19th, 4:00-5:15 PM and 6:30-7:45 PM.
During the group interview you will complete 2 group activities. One will focus on group dynamics and the other on creativity.
For questions or more information about the Compass Mentor position, please contact:
- Mayra Garces, Assistant Director - Student Enrichment Services