Slingshot To Success

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Slingshot to Success (STS) strives to help first-year undergraduate students identify their passion and purpose, as well as gain awareness of leadership opportunities in order to be successful on campus. Featured during freshman orientation since 2007, STS is a leadership engagement program developed and implemented by the Student Leadership Advisory Board (SLAB). This year, members of the SLAB were joined by members of the Order of Omega to facilitate the program.

STS places emphasis on the benefits of getting involved in the River Campus community during freshman year, while stressing the importance of living a balanced campus life style. Students engage in open discussions and workshops with upperclassmen. Open discussions are facilitated as a two-way interactive conversation, which present freshman with an opportunity to share their thoughts, concerns, and questions with upperclassmen, who in turn address these areas by sharing their personal experiences. Discussions focus on:

  • The benefits of student involvement 
  • Available campus resources 
  • Shared experiences of upperclassmen - specifically, how their leadership roles and initiatives have helped shape their college experience and self-growth

The workshops provide freshman students with the techniques and skills needed to balance their academic, co-curricular activities, and personal growth. These sessions feature interactive activities that foster students' critical thinking abilities. Workshop topics include:

  • Goal Setting
  • Time Management
  • Staying Committed
  • Procrastination
  • Exiting Your Comfort Zone
  • Being A Good Member
  • Non-Positional Leadership 
  • Diversity

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Objectives & Benefits

STS provides freshman students with the knowledge and motivation needed to be successful during their first year at the University of Rochester. Students attending STS have an opportunity to: 

  • Network with their peers
  • Learn how to navigate their way through campus 
  • Gain knowledge of leadership and interpersonal development 
  • Gain knowledge of how to join OR develop and implement a campus club or organization
  • Learn how to utilize available campus resources that will help them succeed both in and out of the classroom
  • Gain strategies and methods needed for balancing commitments/responsibilities and excelling at college life
  • Gain a Peer Mentor (an upperclassman) who will act as a source of support and guidance during their freshman year

Peer Mentor Component

The Peer Mentor component of STS presents freshman students with an opportunity to build their circle of support at the U of R. Both the Peer Mentor and Protege benefit from this relationship. Proteges have an opportunity to:

  • Learn how to navigate through campus and further enhance their interpersonal skills
  • Learn from an upperclassman who has been in a similar position and has gone on to become a successful UR Leader
  • Learn how to actualize their purpose on campus and be effective in having a positive influence on the campus community

Peer Mentors have an opportunity to:

  • Gain insight into campus life from the perspective of the Proteges 
  • Help their Proteges with their transition, so they become successful on campus
  • Enhance their leadership, coaching, teaching, and interpersonal skills, strengthening their leadership capabilities

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What Participants Say About Slingshot

  • "Glad I came!"
  • "Good Advice & Diverse Leadership."
  • "I learned more about how great joining clubs can be."
  • "I broke out of my comfort zone here and met some great people."
  • "This workshop helped because I never thought of writing out my plan for the day in detail."
  • "I got to make friends with similar interests and made connections with upperclassmen; I was inspired!"
  • "Leaders did a great job connecting with the foreign students in our group and making an open environment for discussions."

Contact Information

For more information about Slingshot To Success or the Mentoring Component, please contact Molly Sarubbi, Graduate Assistant for Leadership Programs OR the Student Leadership Advisory Board.