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The Guide Program connects students with professional staff members called “guides” who help students navigate their college experience. The guides help students integrate the advice they receive from academic advisers, work supervisors, career counselors and others. The program also provides training, workshops, and online resources to ensure that the guides are prepared to assist their students. 

HOW DOES IT WORK? 

The Guide Program, Sophomore Summit, and Faculty/Staff Resources are a few of the initiatives and partnership connected to the mission of this office. Through these program and other resources, we hope to continue to cultivate a culture of care and guidance for our students by equipping faculty and staff. 

DEFINING GUIDING:

At Berry, we define student/guide relationships as:

"A purposeful and personal relationship in which a more experienced person provides guidance, feedback, and wisdom to facilitate the growth and development of a less experienced person."

SO, WHY THE TERM GUIDE?

Similar to those guiding in nature, Guides in the college context help students navigate their four-year path to graduation. 

Like guides in the wilderness, the faculty and staff who guide:

  • Are concerned with student success on the journey and students' goals for the future
  • Are experts in the Berry experience or journey, but do not do the work for students 
  • Are equipped to assess whether students have acclimated to the new college climate while preparing for new obstacles

As the college journey continues, the guide and student will continually reflect on progress and ability. And it is our hope that as students look back from the summit of graduation, they know more about themselves, about the world around them, and about what next big adventure they are capable of. 

FACULTY/STAFF RESOURCES

Welcome to the faculty/staff support page for guiding and mentoring at Berry College. COMING SOON - Access to digital support services and opportunities available through our office in order to support your department to help Berry strength a culture of guidance.

Below we have included further descriptions the help you find what you're looking for:

  • Resource Library - Discover useful tips, example handouts, assessment tools, and more in the Resource Library.
  • Experts Say - What to learn more about mentoring practices? Click here for videos, articles, and links to outside resources
  • Campus Care - Trying to remember who or what office might be helpful in a student's time of need. Check out these campus resources.
  • Request a Workshop - Want to learn more about active listening strategies, how to handle tough conversations, etc? Request a workshop!

If you have questions or want to learn more, don't hesitate to email us at guideprogram@berry.edu or call (706) 238-7916. 

SOPHOMORE SUMMIT

Before sophomore year, professors, advisors, and work supervisors nominate students they believe have the potential to be a change-makers and leaders on Berry’s campus. Those that accept this nomination are invited to a welcome back celebration where students:

  • Are recognized for achievements of the previous year
  • Are given a space to consider and leverage academic, work, and extracurricular experiences 
  • Are partnered with prominent Berry alumni in attendance to celebrate and discuss with students opportunities for meaningful experiences in the nominee's Berry career in order to help students set significant goals for their time left at Berry.

Along with this mentoring moment, students who accept this nomination and agree to participate in the Sophomore Summit Alumni Dinner will also be invited to special programming throughout the fall and spring semester to continue to encourage and support them in their goals and efforts during Sophomore year.

If you are an interested student and would like to be nominated, talk to your professors/work supervisors OR let us know by sending an email to guideprogram@berry.edu.

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