Helping New UTSA Students Succeed!
The University of Texas at San Antonio is committed to your success and we would like to invite you to take part in a program focused on helping students succeed in their first year. Roadrunner Connections at UTSA is designed to assist incoming freshmen and transfer students with their transition to the academic and social environment of UTSA.
Roadrunner Connections pairs mentors and mentees to provide an opportunity for students to access support and resources and to attain personal growth; to give an opportunity for mentors to give back to their community; to provide support and growth opportunities mentors and mentees may not find otherwise; to build community among participating mentors; and to encourage community involvement.
The program views the mentoring relationship between mentors and students as a partnership. Participation of both parties is voluntary, and thus the success of the exchange is dependant on the commitment of both the student and the mentor. A joint investment is required in order to attain joint gains. Meetings between mentor and mentee are as flexible as the participants desire them to be: they can occur as often as it is convenient and range from casual exchanges to formal meetings. All freshman and transfer students are welcome in the program.
Would you like to:
- Have an opportunity to meet new people?
- Have someone to ask questions, talk to or visit with?
- Have someone to help you identify campus resources when you have problems such as struggling in a class, getting sick, having roommate problems, etc.?
If you said yes to any of the above, Roadrunner Connections is for you!
Roadrunner Connections is committed to developing positive and purposeful relationships between students and mentors by fostering transformative learning and providing a holistic approach to student engagement, retention and success at UTSA
Roadrunner Connections seeks to be a recognized program that supports student success in and out of the classroom, encourages relationship building and aids in student retention on campus.
What is a Mentor?
- A faculty or staff mentor is someone who is familiar with UTSA programs and resources
- Someone who will listen to your concerns/questions and will help you access available resources
The value of a Mentor?
Your mentor will support you throughout your first-year at UTSA. You will be asked to meet with them at least 4-6 hours a month. Many of our current students drop in and see their mentor once a week; we are here for you whenever you need us. Your mentor will help you in any way necessary to make your transition as smooth as possible. Our goal is to help you realize you are a valued part of the UTSA community.
How does the Mentoring Program work?
First time UTSA freshman and transfer students are invited to apply to Roadrunner Connections prior to the beginning of the fall semester. Students interested in the program should complete our online application. The information you include in your application will be used to find a mentor for you, so please list as much information as possible. You will be provided with contact information for your mentor the week before school starts.