Antleader Mentorship Program
The purpose of the Antleader Mentorship Program is to ease the transition and build leadership skills for freshmen and transfer students to UCI. AMP is a student-run, student-led program co-sponsored by Associated Students of University of California, Irvine (ASUCI) and the Student Outreach and Retention Center (SOAR); AMP focuses on the development and overall well-being of all students within the program. AMP provides an expansive network of students spanning a multitude of involvements, organizations, and campus departments. Under the aid and supervision of trained mentors, this program is a community dedicated to leading students towards academic success and campus involvement. The program’s engaging workshops, socials, and one-to-one mentorship motivate students to strive for their individual aspiration. The goal of the Antleader Mentorship Program is to create well-rounded, responsible student leaders in hope of creating a better and brighter world.
- Create a network on campus
- Gain exposure to professionals in Advertising, Health Care, Law, Business, etc.
- Build self-confidence, leadership and communication skills
- Practice your interview skills, draft a resume, and learn how to become involved both on and off campus
- 1-on-1 peer mentorship with students of similar major and interest
- Provides an outlet for creativity and promotes school spirit
- Socials can serve as an alternative study break
- Learn about available on-campus resources
- Strengthen interpersonal skills
- Receive 2 units each quarter for enrolling in the class
- Gain access to a unique “1st Year Success” manual written by your very own mentors
What are the time commitments for this program?
Mentees attend a 2 unit, Pass/No Pass course that meets once a week for 2-3 hrs. Additionally, mentees are asked to interact with their respective mentor throughout the year.
What kinds of socials are there?
Socials are student made and student run. Students engage in a variety of UCI sponsored events such as Summerlands, Shocktoberfest, Big Air Trampoline, movie nights, food runs, holiday themed socials, competitive sports and activities and other socials mentees or mentors would like to see happen in the program.
How do mentor/mentee pairings work? Will I get a new mentor every quarter?
We try to pair up mentors and mentees that will work best with each other to the best of our ability. Mentors and mentees are typically paired in a 1:1 ratio, and no more than a 1:2 ratio. In order to establish a stable relationship, each mentee will be paired with their mentor for the duration of the entire school year. However, mentees are also encouraged to make connections with the other mentors in the program.
Who is eligible to apply?
AMP is committed to the smooth transition of all incoming students for their first year at UCI. Our program is also geared towards low income, first-generation college students. However, anyone is welcome to apply to be mentees as long as they are either a first year or transfer student.
What will the 2-unit class consist of?
The class will consist of two main components: acclimating to life at UCI, and building leadership skills. The Fall syllabus will be tailored towards learning about the different resources on campus, how to become involved in the multitude of clubs/orgs, etc. In Winter, various leadership topics will be covered (i.e. Communicating styles, stress and time management, how to stay healthy and healthy minded, etc) as well as bolstering student behavior and mannerisms to be more acclimated to a professional work environment and expectations.
Is this a year-long commitment?
Mentees who apply and are accepted into the program will be committed to the program for both Fall and Winter quarters. Applications to become an AMP mentor are released in Winter quarter and training begins in Spring quarter.
How will be paired up with mentors?
Mentors and mentees will be paired based on major, personality, interests, and a variety of other things.
Will we be able to have a preference on gender or major?
You can request to be paired with a certain major or gender, however, final pairings will be based on overall compatibility.
Is the 2-unit class required?
Mentees are required to enroll in the class, however, if scheduling conflicts arise then an alternative option will be provided.
Are socials mandatory?
Socials are part of your grade. Therefore we encourage everyone to attend all socials so that you may not only earn points but also have the opportunity to meet all the other mentors. Unless a good reason is given we expect a good amount of participation. If you are unable to attend a social you must inform us a few days in advance in which case we may allow a make-up assignment.
How is a typical day in class?
A typical day can vary from many different things. Class activities may range from getting to know one another through fun icebreakers to class lectures learning about leadership, cultural awareness, etc.
If I want to become a future mentor, where can I apply for this position?
Applications for mentors come out Winter Quarter and decisions are made by then.
Meet Antleader Mentorship Program Commission
Name: Carol Jung
Major: Medical Anthropology, MINOR: Biology
Goals: Specifically for my commission, I would love to see each one of us have a unique and intimate/comfortable relationship with one another. I believe that when every single one of us feel close enough to be open with any person, our relationship and communication as a commission will be stronger and tight-knit. This will allow us to be able to support each other and build each other up as leaders and friends. With these “relationship goals” in mind, I desire to not only support, but challenge each other as leaders and challenge each other’s goals so that we may push each other further than our potential. Being on the same commission does not only mean working well as a team, but I personally believe that we can only become better, stronger, and wiser if we can edify one another, lead one another, and challenge one another.
Favorite Memory about ASUCI:
Though I have many favorite memories, I think that my personal favorite was ASUCI banquet. This is because at the end of the year, you see how much blood, sweat and tears everyone poured out into their commission, office, organization etc; you realize how much love, respect and appreciation you have for the people you’ve worked with. Throughout the year, people are oblivious to their surroundings, but by the end of it all, you really see everything through a wide-angle lens. It’s a beautiful thing.
Name: Roarke Catubig
Major: Political Science
Goals: My goal is to create a family like atmosphere within the Antleader Mentorship Program. To foster an environment where we transform struggling students into capable student leaders. It is my hope that our commission can provide the best first year experience for the students involved within our program. I take personal responsibility in delivering excellence (PRIDE) in all things that our commission accomplishes and strives for. It is my duty to support the rest of my team and the rest of the AMP program to reach higher and dream further than they originally thought was possible. I treat and value their success just as much as I do my own.
Favorite memory about ASUCI: My favorite memory about ASUCI was during my third year at UCI as an intern for AMP. Towards the end of the year, we had a wrap up activity in which we talked about another person within the Academic Affairs Office and how they were meaningful to us. I value that memory so much because no matter who you are and no matter how you behaved in the office, it’s mind boggling to realize how much of an impact you have on others in even the smallest of actions or deeds.
“People are more impressed by the power of our example than by the example of our power” -Bill Clinton
This is especially powerful to me because I strive for a simple, very humble life where I do things to accomplish my own goals as well as to make the people that are important to me happy. You will notice that I lead by example and I hope that my actions speak louder than any piece of advice I can give to any of you.
Name: Victoria Wu Lee
Major: Film and Media Studies & Business Economics
Goals: My main goal for this upcoming year’s commission is for our commission members to lead our fellow mentors and mentees by example. This means but is not limited to, valuing punctuality, stimulating an inclusive and safe environment, being accountable and responsive through vivid communication, and fostering a family-like atmosphere throughout the program where everyone is encouraged to reach beyond their potential. A personal goal of mine is to have AMP grow in quality, which would reflect upon both the mentee’s and mentor’s experience in the program. Additionally, I would like to have more media transparency to raise campus awareness of our program.
Favorite Memory About ASUCI:
Before actually being a part of and working with ASUCI, three of my friends and I went into the office and studies there at night. It was nice. Ever since, I felt more comfortable in the very office that I once thought was intimidating to go into.
Name: Josh Chun
Major: Sociology, Education Sciences
Goals: My goal in this commission is to have an environment in which we can be both personal and professional. I have high hopes for our team to effectively and efficiently work together to serve the UCI community, and to make this campus a better place for everyone.
Favorite thing about UCI:
I love UCI because of all the possibilities to get involved and because of all the resources dedicated to help its students.