Marianna Castro Mentored First Years as a Student Advisor

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Marianna Castro ’15 embraced a variety of leadership experiences during her undergraduate time at Wheelock College. A Political Science major, Marianna served as a student advisor at Wheelock for three years because “I wanted to have that relationship with first-years and really help the way my student advisor had helped me.” She eventually became treasurer of the Student Advisors, served as a member of the Class Council, and was a co-founder of the Fair Trade Brigade, a student-led group with a mission to raise fair trade awareness on campus. “Through these various organizations, I learned how to communicate effectively as well as leadership skills,” she says. “If I had gone to a larger school…I wouldn’t be where I am right now.”

The Student Advisor Program is a program within the Office of Academic Advising and is an essential component of Academic Advising at Wheelock. Student Advisors are peer mentors who offer one-on-one and group advising to new Wheelock College first year and transfer students. They serve as role models and are available to students for informal guidance and support. Student Advisors serve as an academic resource, help new students get acquainted with academic programs, opportunities, and expectations they will find at Wheelock, while also serving as an active part of the First Year Seminar for first year students. The Student Advisors offer a unique and dynamic perspective into the Wheelock community for new first year and transfer students. Learn more about Academic Advising at Wheelock.

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