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First Year in Focus

A relationally-based program which matches a first-year student with an upper-class student by gender for a designated period of time. This one on one relationship establishes a friendship base which forms a platform for conversation, personal reflection and role-modeling between the first-year student and upper-class mentor. The mentee/mentor relationship is built upon the principles of mutual trust, compatibility and common interest. Outcomes include, connections to campus life, personal growth and academic support. For more information, contact Mike Ford ( or Candice Johnston (


If you have a first year student that you wish to refer to participate in the First Year in Focus peer mentoring program please complete the referral form found HERE and a representative will follow up with you as soon as possible.

“Meeting with my First Year in Focus mentee is one of the highlights of my week.  I cherish the friendship and the community that we have built with one another.” – Nick Ashburn (’14)
“Being a mentor for FYIF has allowed me to share my Wake Forest experience with first year women and help them to find their place at Wake. By meeting regularly with my mentees I am able to help them connect with groups on campus, provide advice on all things Wake Forest, and get the most out of their first year at Wake. I like being a mentor in this program because I get to show first year women all of the great opportunities that Wake has to offer.” – Bridgitt Staudt (’14)