What is PUMP?
Princeton University Mentoring Program (PUMP) is an organization aimed at enriching and supporting the diverse population of incoming students who are transitioning into Princeton campus life. Divided into three branches, Leadership and Mentoring Program, Latinos Unidos for Networking and Advising, and the Asian American Mentorship program matches mentees with mentors who share similar interests to provide a network that will introduce the various academic and social resources on campus.
What events can you expect from PUMP?
The range of events that we support varies widely, from academic/career guidance initiatives to social/bonding mixers. In the beginning of the year, PUMP kicks off with a mixer event to help mentees get acquainted with all the mentors before creating one-on-one pairings. Throughout the year, PUMP usually holds Midterm Reflection discussions, Summer Internship Fairs, and Resume Workshops in correspondence with Career Services and the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning so that students will learn about the vast amount of resources that are often forgotten or ignored on Princeton campus. Beyond these events, mentors are trained to assist students with virtually any questions pertaining to academic life.
Beyond just pure academic mentorship, PUMP holds various study breaks, holiday parties, and an end of the year banquet to foster a sense of community within our organization. Popular study breaks have included Twist study breaks, PUMPkin Carving, Popeyes Study Break, Roller-Skating parties, and off-campus dinners. Dinner discussions in dining halls within each of the branches also provide informal arrangements for mentors and mentees to talk about virtually any issue that comes up in his or her Princeton career.
PUMP offers a unique program of mentorship in which the mentees can comfortably learn from students who have had similar first-hand experiences while transitioning into Princeton. Whereas Princeton offers guidance counselors and Residential College Advisers , PUMP provides a perspective from a student with the same prospective interests, catering the guidance experience more towards the individual mentee. It’s a safe space for mentees to raise any concerns or just have a friend to talk to!
Lastly, sometimes all the resources thrown at incoming freshman can be confusing. PUMP tries to consolidate all the information and provide regular reminders/updates on upcoming events and resources for students. We’re extremely flexible so if you would like a particular programming event or need anything, our coordinators will be available to take your suggestions and answer any of your questions!