Guiding the Future: COSMOS PhD Student Now Peer Mentor for the Academic Affairs Retention Office

Mainuddin Shaik has recently been accepted by the Academic Affairs Retention Office’s Peer Mentorship program. Shaik touches on his new position in peer mentoring, and what he plans to bring to fellow students and colleagues. He describes, “I think as a Peer Mentor, I will be able to provide personalized guidance and support for students, helping them navigate through academic and personal challenges. Additionally, I will be able to facilitate their transition into university life, offering advice based on my own experiences from my COSMOS lab and student life. I can also assist in developing their study strategies, time management skills, and self-advocacy capabilities. Furthermore, I will strive to create a safe and inclusive environment where all students feel welcomed, heard, and encouraged to share their thoughts and ideas. I believe my role as a Peer Mentor can contribute to enhancing their overall learning experience and fostering a positive, enriching community.”