The Matched Advising Program for Sophomores (MAPS) is a year-long peer mentoring program designed for sophomores which focuses on various aspects of navigating sophomore year at Brown. This may include:
- Choosing a concentration
- Exploring career options
- Deepening engagement within the Brown community
- Enhancing learning through self-directed research
- Improving day-to-day health and wellness
MAPS pairs interested sophomore students with junior or senior peer mentors, provides opportunities to engage throughout the year with faculty and upperclassmen with various lived experiences, and facilitates awareness of and access to the variety of academic and personal resources offered at the Curricular Resource Center and at Brown in general.
By pairing second-year students with upperclassmen mentors for one-on-one and group-advising support, MAPS enables sophomores to feel better prepared to navigate concentration choices, career and research opportunities, "sophomore slump," and more.
If you are a current MAPS mentee or mentor and have questions about the program (or are simply curious and would like to learn more about it!), feel free to email [email protected] or stop by our Spring 2020 open hours at the CRC (Faunce 228):
MAPS Program 2019-2020
This year, MAPS has paired over 170 sophomores mentees across all major academic divisions at Brown (Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Life Sciences, and Physical Sciences) with over 100 junior and senior mentors!
Find our Facebook group for the 2019-2020 program here.
The MAPS coordinators have planned a variety of academic and social events for this academic year:
- October: MAPS Mentor-Mentee Fall Kickoff (see picture below!)
- November: Workshop on FIRe, Leave-Taking and Sophomore Slump
(in partnership with the FIRe and Leave-Taking coordinators at the CRC)
- December: End-of-semester gathering/de-stress event
- February: MAPS Mentor-Mentee Spring Kickoff
- March: Workshop on Choosing a Concentration
- April: Sophomore Concentration Deadline (Wednesday, April 1st)
- May: End-of-semester gathering/de-stress event
Mentors and mentees meet up over snacks during the MAPS fall kickoff
MAPS Goals for Mentees:
- Increase comfort with accessing on-campus resources and articulating wants and needs from academic/advising relationships.
- Develop a meaningful mentoring relationship with an older student in order to gain knowledge and experience about navigating decisions and choices that arise in sophomore year and beyond.
- Think critically about choosing a concentration, exploring career paths, deepening engagement with learning, and making choices as a journey/growth process.