In the academic year 2015/16, CLST introduced the Student Mentoring Program. The program is designed to support incoming students as well as international students, who transition into the US academic system. Mentors meet regularly with incoming and international students, offer peer advice about course selection, CU’s libraries and special collections, CU’s resources, assignments for classes, academic writing, translating Latin/Greek into English, and more. Each semester, two of our students receive an additional stipend of $1,000 and are appointed as Incoming Student Mentor and International Student Mentor.
In addition, the graduate student community organizes a Buddy Program for incoming PhD students: each PhD student who joins the program is assigned a ‘buddy’ who offers advice, support, and suggestions for an excellent start at Columbia and in the Classical Studies Program.