Then participate in the International Student Mentor Program!
The International Student Mentor Program provides immediate support and assistance to Dartmouth's newest international undergraduates through correspondence that begins before new students arrive on campus. This program of support and friendship continues formally throughout orientation and is ongoing during the first two terms of a student's life at Dartmouth.
Ten international and U.S. upper-class Dartmouth students were selected to be International Student Mentors (ISMs) in a highly competitive selection process. Each mentor is assigned a group of approximately eight to twelve new international undergraduates. ISMs assist and befriend Dartmouth's newest international undergraduates through pre-arrival correspondence, meeting new international students at Logan International Airport on August 27th and 28th, and at the bus stop in Hanover, and by helping new internationals get settled when they first arrive on campus. ISMs continue to help new students get off to a good start at Dartmouth during Orientation. The formal work of advising new international undergraduates continues throughout the fall and winter terms as needed (and friendship continues well beyond that).
"Culture shock" is a real phenomenon experienced by many international students as they adjust to a new environment, climate, diet, culture, country, and institutional rules and regulations. The International Student Mentor program cannot claim that new internationals will never suffer a bout of culture shock if they participate in the ISM program. However, International Student Mentors help to make the academic, personal, and social adjustment of many of our new students easier with the care and attention they bestow upon them. The experience that mentors have to offer as upper-class students is invaluable.
"The International Mentor Program instantly made me feel like I was at home. The second I stepped off the bus and arrived at International Orientation, I was accepted into a community - a community that definitely eased my transition into freshman year. My mentor to this day remains one of the strongest points of support in my life." - Josh Renaud, Class of 2017, from Canada
"The ISM program was my first sense of community at Dartmouth, and allowed me to meet my best friends here! I can't imagine how different my entire first year would have been if not for ISM and what it did during pre-O!" - Reem Chamseddine, Class of 2017, from Lebanon
"International Student Orientation has been one of the best weeks of my time at Dartmouth. Right off the bat, the international student mentors were warm, welcoming and very enthusiastic about making the transition to college - and to another country - a smooth and extremely fun one." - Maieda N. Janjua, Class of 2017, from Pakistan
"My International Student Mentor made me feel right at home at Dartmouth. She was the person I called to figure out anything from laundry to meal swipes to the activity fair. It's always nice to have a friend right off the bus!" - Regan Plekenpol, Class of 2017, from China
Getting involved in the International Student Mentor Program is as easy as completing the International Student Mentor Request Form. Click on the link below to complete the form. You will then be on your way to being paired with a mentor and reaping the benefits of this enjoyable and helpful program. If you are unable to access or complete and return the International Student Mentor Request Form through this website, please contact Faizan Kanji '15, this year's International Student Mentor Program Coordinator, at Faizan.N.Kanji.firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also contact Faizan Kanji, or Steve Silver, the Director of International Student Programs - OPAL, through the International Student Mentor e-mail (blitz) account at International.Student.Mentor@dartmouth.edu.
Last Updated: 10/7/14