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O’Brien Center for Student Success

Program Components

Peer Mentor Connection

Students are matched with a first generation upperclassmen who is readily available to act as a resource to the student during their entire first year. The mentor works with the student during their first year to acclimate to the routine of classes, campus resources and events and services. The peer mentor is the student’s first point of student contact when they start at Merrimack. 

Academic Focus

Students are engaged through study skills workshops, self-exploration, decision-making, goal setting, time management, and study sessions.

Social Focus

Students are encouraged to connect with their mentor to make the most of their time at Merrimack by getting involved in various ways both on/off campus.  Some examples include joining various organizations, participating in campus activities, and obtaining an on campus job.

Career Focus

Both mentors and students are equipped with career related goals each month of the academic year. The mentors sharpen their professional image and confidence while assisting their students in gaining valuable insight to future careers through utilization of O’Brien Center services.

Faculty Engagement

Various faculty members visit with mentors once per month to discuss topics relevant to the success of first generation college students such as Grit, Study Abroad, Importance of Networking, and Financial Literacy.