The Matched Advising Program for Sophomores (MAPS) is a program for sophomores who are interested in discussing the various decisions they want to make during their sophomore year, related to how to:
- Choose a concentration,
- Explore career pathways,
- Deepen their learning through self-directed research, and
- Be better prepared for maintaining day-to-day health and wellness.
MAPS provides second-year students with a peer mentor, and the MAPS program coordinators facilitate group meetings, general awareness and access to the multitude of resources offered at Brown and the Curricular Resource Center.
By pairing second-year students with junior and senior mentors for one-on-one and group-advising support, second-year students find themselves feeling better prepared to navigate concentration choices, career and research opportunities, "sophomore slump," and more.
MAPS Program 2018-2019
This year, we will be able to accommodate approximately 130 sophomores. We will accept applications and make matches on a first-come basis, and take into account availability of mentors by academic divisional area (Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences, Life Sciences, and Physical Sciences).
Mentors are expected to:
- Meet with their mentee(s) at least once a semester-- they will receive Dining Dollars for coffee/tea meetings;
- Be trained on effective mentoring;
- Provide a bio to be featured online; and
- Try to volunteer for one of the MAPS panels throughout the year:
- Finding a community at Brown;
- How to do self-directed research;
- How to declare a concentration;
- How to beat sophomore slump.
Upcoming events related to the Matched Advising Program for Sophomores:
MAPS December Mentor Meeting
Saturday, December 1st, 1-2pm, Friedman 101, 102, 201
During our next Mentor Meeting, we will be discussing important points to talk about with your mentee as well as program feedback.
Workshop #2 - Test-Taking Anxiety and Self-Care
Thursday, December 6th, 5-6pm, Friedman 108
Join us as we discuss helpful tips and resources for test-taking anxiety and self-care! We will have a study break/self-care space afterwards with snacks and beverages.
Note: Sophomores must declare concentrations by April 1.
MAPS Learning Goals:
- Teach MAPS students to feel comfortable accessing on-campus resources and articulating what they want from their academic relationships.
- Develop a meaningful relationship with an older student in order to gain knowledge and experience about how to make decisions and navigate choices.
- Think critically about how to choose a concentration, explore career paths, deepen their engagement with learning, and how to see making choices as a journey/growth process.
MAPS Open Hours:
Mon 1-3pm, 5-6pm | Tues 4-6pm | Wed 1-6pm | Thurs 1-6 pm | Fri 3-5pm