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. 



      Please email 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