Matched Advising Program for Sophomores

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:

  1. Meet with their mentee(s) at least once a semester-- they will receive Dining Dollars for coffee/tea meetings;
  2. Be trained on effective mentoring;
  3. Provide a bio to be featured online; and
  4. 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. 

       

      Questions/comments/suggestions?

      Please email mapsatbrown@gmail.com or fill out our Anonymous Google Form to let us know how we’re doing or suggestions on how we can improve our events/program!


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      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