Tips for Advising this Population
At the annual fall conference, new first-year students are introduced to three major components of the PES curriculum: growth mindset, well-being, and goal setting + action planning. Peer mentors continue this curriculum over the course of the following two years with their students.
Advisors are encouraged to emphasize and touch on this curriculum as well.
- Growth Mindset: Human qualities, such as academic abilities, intelligence, artistic talent, and interpersonal communication skills, can be developed through dedication and hard work. This mindset creates a love of learning and resilience that is essential for college life and beyond (Dweck, 2006).
- Wellbeing: Students are complex human beings. As such, their holistic wellbeing is framed by the following six dimensions: academic, career, financial, physical & mental, social, and community (Rath & Harter, 2010).
- Goal Setting + Action Planning: Thinking, writing, and talking about goals and goal-oriented action steps help students overcome obstacles and achieve. Mentors co-create these plans with their students and advocate for their realization.