Many college sophomores look forward to being a part of a mentoring program as way to guide through them their college experience. But, Auburn University sophomore Jamecia Crenshaw decided to take a different route and start her own mentoring program.
Bridging the Gap (BTG) is a mentoring program that Crenshaw started on September of 2011 in conjunction with the Black Student Union (BSU) Executive and Cabinet Board for freshmen and transfer students. The purpose of this program is to help freshmen and transfer students create meaningful bonds with people that have already established themselves on campus.
“ In the beginning of my freshmen year, I had a difficult time adjusting to my new found independence and I am almost certain that if I had a mentor in the fall semester of my freshmen year, I could've adjusted faster,” said Crenshaw.
“ I also noticed that some of my peers were having the same issue, and I decided that if there was ever a time where I had the chance to make someone else's Auburn Experience great, I would and this mentoring program is my way of doing that.”
The goal of Bridging the Gap is to provide academic services for all majors while also helping students adjust to the social aspects of being a college student. Crenshaw said that she ultimately wants all freshmen and transfer students that are a part of this program to create meaningful bonds with the people that they meet while on Auburn’s campus.
“ It is my hope that students are able to adjust to the college life faster than I did,” said Crenshaw. “ I also want these freshmen and transfer students to know that they are not alone and that they do have someone that is there for them. This program was created to meet the emotional and social needs of the mentees because just as academics can be a struggle in college, so can your social life.”
Along with starting this program, Crenshaw is already very involved on Auburn’s campus. This public relations major is a member of Tigerettes and Tiger Hosts, a freshmen Liaison for the Black Student Union, a peer instructor for the Auburn Serves Learning Community and was crowned Miss Black and Gold 2011 of the Omicron Kappa Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.
Crenshaw said that being a part of these many organizations on campus has taught her responsibility and helped her to develop great time management skills. She also said that she plans to stay involved throughout her whole undergraduate career while taking her new mentoring program to greater heights.
“ I would like to see Bridging the Gap go beyond being a part of the Black Student Union and begin to partner with other organizations on Auburn’s campus,” said Crenshaw. “ This will ultimately increase awareness for the program and allow a wider range of students to start participating in it.”