ULM Student Support Services holds event for TRIO Program members
The ULM Student Support Services TRIO Program (TRIO-SSS) recently organized an exciting and impactful event that brought together incoming freshmen TRIO participants and their peer mentors. Held at Bayou Bowl on September 14, 2023, this event served not only as a fun-filled bonding experience but also as an opportunity to highlight the significance of peer mentorship in the lives of first-generation college students.
The event, which featured an evening of friendly competition on the bowling lanes, provided an ideal setting for the incoming TRIO participants to get to know their peer mentors. The TRIO-SSS Program recognizes the importance of fostering a sense of belonging and support for first-generation college students, and peer mentorship plays a crucial role in achieving these objectives.
Jalen Harris, a first-time freshman majoring in Pre-Pharmacy, stated that what he appreciated most about the bowling outing was the opportunity to break out of his shell, meet new people, and unwind.
Dr. Mystee Burrell, Assistant Director of the Student Support Services TRIO Program, expressed enthusiasm about the event and its impact, stating, "When new students, especially first-generation college students, have access to peer mentors, they are more likely to persist in their studies and remain enrolled in college.” She continued, saying “Events like this bowling outing create a sense of community and support, which is vital for their success. College can be a challenging and sometimes isolating experience for students. With events like the recent bowling outing, the program is making significant strides in promoting retention, fostering a sense of belonging, and ultimately ensuring the overall success of these students.