BSWs Have Impact as Student Mentors

November 20, 2017
Three BSW students participating in AMP (Assistantship Mentoring Program) program at St. Kate's
[left to right, Crystal Wirtz, Zara Wolfe and Amy Jeffrey]

Three BSW students are participating as scholars in St. Kate’s Assistantship Mentoring Program (AMP) this fall. The program creates the space for students and mentors to engage in intellectual creativity and collaboration as either a Teaching Assistant (TA), Research Assistant (RA) or Program Assistant (PA). Crystal Wirtz and Zara Wolfe are working as TA’s, and Amy Jeffrey as a PA.

“I am one of three Study Advocates for the Emerging Scholars floor of St. Mary’s Hall. In this role, I have my own group of 10-11 students that I meet with often to see how they are doing in school,” shared Amy. “We host Dine & Learns every other Thursday with different faculty, staff and resources that the school has to offer. The best part of my AMP experience so far has been getting to interact one-on-one with students and assisting them with what they may need to help them succeed their first year of school.“

The ability to make a positive impact on other students is a common motivation for these AMP mentors. As Crystal shared, “I am a TA for Cecilia Konchar Farr's The Reflective Woman (TRW) section. When Cecilia asked if I would be her TA, I eagerly accepted because I hope to positively influence the students' TRW experience. The best part of my job is the ability to see what class is like through a professor's lens and the possibility that I might make a difference in a student's life!”

Zara is a TA for the College for Adults section of Intro to Social Work with Laurel Bidwell. In this role, she addresses some of the unique needs of adult learners. She and Dr. Bidwell incorporated anonymous feedback from students to make sure that Zara’s role would be a valuable resource and support for students. Zara participates in class sessions, maintains office hours and has a section of D2L where students can ask her anything. “I have mostly been a resource to students to ask all of their questions to a fellow CFA student about juggling school, an internship, outside employment, family, and everything else,” shared Zara.

All three students were also motivated by an interest to learn about teaching, possibly with an eye towards doing it themselves someday. Each will have opportunities to facilitate student discussions and observe teaching style and course structure up-close.

Learn more about AMP opportunities at stkate.edu/academics/institutes-and-centers/cwl/amp