The Telementoring Program at Amherst College
WHO ARE THE TELEMENTORS?
Telementors are full-time Amherst College students who have been extensively trained in admissions and financial aid procedures for first year students. They also have real-life experience with the process—and know what it’s like to be from diverse backgrounds.
“My college application process was stressful, to say the least. As the daughter of a single, disabled, unemployed mother, I thought I wouldn't be able to afford the higher education I'd been building toward my entire life. My dreams of becoming a doctor and escaping the poverty of my family hung in the balance. Through the support of my family and countless hours of research, I came out on the other side with a full ride to Amherst. Now, as a Telementor, I'm paying it forward to students who may not have the same support and resources as I did to help them navigate this momentous period of their lives one step at a time." —Telementor Dakota Meredith, Bensalem, Pennsylvania
“The Telementoring Program serves as a bridge between aspiring students and their future college or university, easing their stresses by providing ample resources to ensure they succeed. As a high school senior, I was fortunate to have mentors who answered my seemingly infinite list of questions about college. Questions such as 'How am I going to pay for college? How do I fill out this application? Does this essay accurately demonstrate who I am?' constantly clouded my mind. As a Telementor, older sister, and someone who has been through the process, it is exciting helping others get to where they want to be." —Telementor Camille Youngblood, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Applications for telementees are no longer available for the 2015-2016 school year. Nomination for the Telementoring Program is conducted in partnership with QuestBridge's College Prep Scholarship program.
NO MATTER WHERE YOU DECIDE TO APPLY, AMHERST COLLEGE CAN HELP.
As one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges, we know firsthand what the best colleges look for in a student. We know that your potential—not your ability to pay—is the key to accessing a world-class education at highly selective colleges and universities. In turn, these schools offer unparalleled resources and open doors to opportunities around the globe. To make sure that you find the best colleges and to help you navigate the application and financial aid processes, we invite you to join our Telementoring Program. The program, which is free, will connect you to trained mentors who come from backgrounds similar to yours. All mentors are Amherst College students. Many of them are the first in their families to attend college—all of them needed substantial financial aid. They’re available to help you research colleges, complete applications, and select the offer that’s right for you. You’ll communicate with them by e-mail and telephone.
HOW CAN TELEMENTORING HELP ME?
Telementoring addresses four stages of the first year college application process:
- COLLEGE SEARCH: Telementors can help you discover what’s out there, including schools that you might not even know exist. They can help you decide what you’re looking for in a school and teach you how to assess which ones match your interests and personality.
- APPLICATION: Telementors can assist you with all aspects of the application process. Their expertise ranges from how to construct a strong application essay to how to obtain a fee waiver.
- FINANCIAL AID: Telementors help you navigate the FAFSA, PROFILE and other financial aid applications. They also can help you interpret and compare financial aid offers, including loans and scholarships.
- ADJUSTMENT AND SOCIAL ISSUES: Telementors can answer any questions you have about daily life at a highly selective college. Whether you want to know about the workload or how people dress, you have a peer to ask.
“I am happy that, as a Telementor, I can help other students by relieving some of the stress that comes with college applications and show them that prestigious institutions are not out of their reach. I hope to be an asset in their search for their ideal college and an important resource in their lives throughout the application process."
Juan Llamas,Telementor, Los Angeles, California
Growing up in Los Angeles as the first person in his family to attend college, Juan was completely new to the college application process. The staff in the college center at his small magnet school tried their best to help students with college applications, but because there were so many students, in-depth and personal help was not easily accessible. Additionally, his school had a heavy focus on helping students to apply to colleges within California, where most of the student body attended school. "The Telementoring program," Juan says, "which provides direct contact with current students who have recently gone through the college application process themselves, would have been a great resource for me."
In fact, the only reason Juan heard about Amherst College was because it is a partner school of QuestBridge, a program he learned about through a friend. Through QuestBridge, he was able to learn about and apply to schools that he would otherwise not have known existed. Juan says, "Without QuestBridge, I would not have heard about Amherst College and would not be here now. I still remember that when I brought it up, my college counselor had not heard of Amherst College before and did not have much experience with liberal arts colleges outside of California overall."
Most of all, Juan remembers the stress of college applications and is thankful for all the help he received throughout the application process. However, he realizes that many students do not have the same resources available to them as he did, which is why he enjoys assisting them through the Telementoring program. Juan explains, "I am happy that, as a Telementor, I can help other students by relieving some of the stress that comes with college applications and show them that prestigious institutions are not out of their reach. I hope to be an asset in their search for their ideal college and an important resource in their lives throughout the application process."