Honors 101 is a peer-mentor orientation program for first-year students in the American University Honors Program. Honors freshmen are paired with upper-class Honors student mentors, with whom they meet in small groups throughout the fall. Each of these groups also features a mentor from AU's faculty.
Mentors serve as resources and guides for new students during a pivotal period: the first days of their new lives in Honors, at AU, and in Washington, D.C.
New students meet their Honors 101 mentors, fellow group members, and the Honors staff at the Honors 101 Kick-Off, which is held on the Saturday of Welcome Week just before fall classes begin. The Honors 101 Kick-Off provides an opportunity for the entire incoming Honors class to meet in the same place at the same time. Honors 101 co-chairs work throughout the summer to plan the Kick-Off to make it a memorable welcome for Honors freshmen.
In addition to the Kick-Off, Honors 101 incorporates activities planned and run by the Honors 101 mentors for each group. Throughout the fall, Honors 101 groups participate in social activities and more to help with the transition to college and, overall, to develop a cohesive Honors community. Honors 101 group activities range from sessions on how to find an internship to finding the best cafe in D.C.! Also held are a few Honors 101 large-group social and academic events to which all Honors freshmen are invited.
To facilitate all these meetings, an Honors 101 "class," HNRS-001, is scheduled for Wednesdays from 3-5 p.m. every fall semester. Incoming Honors freshmen will be registered by their academic advisor for the Honors 101 non-credit/pass-fail course, along with their other classes.
Mentors were in your shoes once, Honors freshmen, so take full advantage of your Honors 101 mentors' expertise and guidance!
Co-Chairs and Mentors
Being an Honors 101 mentor is a rewarding experience. Working with the Honors 101 co-chairs and Honors staff, Honors 101 mentors are critical to the success of the semester-long orientation program for Honors freshmen. These upper-class Honors students help to create -- and run -- this important student mentoring program.
The University Honors Program is honored to have Saba Tabriz and Emma Zaballos as this year's Honors 101 co-chairs and the following students serve with them as Honors 101 mentors:
Annika Bergstrom, Emily Fleitz, Kathryn Gillon, Christy Kulak, Hannah Kulakow, Delana Listman, Carter Lowe, Jessica Micciolo, Rebecca O'Neill, Stephanie Pettit, Nicole Piquant, Luke Ramsey, Rosy Tamam, and Rachel White.