Interns Frae Binder and Jenna Brende present at AAA Conference

English Student Advisory Board members holding their favorite books. Photo courtesy of Mirhuanda Meeks
by Erin Chambers Tue, 03/14/2017 - 15:11

Undergraduate English Advising Interns Frae Binder and Jenna Brende presented a poster at the fourth annual Academic Advising Association Conference. Their presentation, "Guiding First Year Students Through Mentorship," gave a two-part analysis of the impact of peer mentoring for First-Year students and theorized some of the key struggles First-Year students face. Their poster featured their work as part of the humanities peer mentoring program in English, in which they mentor First-Year students of English using a diverse array of activities including memes, vision boards, presentations on learning styles, and individualized study plans. "It was great to share our roles as mentors to first year English and Film Studies majors with other advisors," said Brende. "It sounded like they were really interested in implementing similar programs, knowing that it helps students succeed."

Frae BinderFrae Binder is a senior English major and Political Science minor, and was the Undergraduate English Advising intern in Fall 2016. After graduation, Frae hopes to work with Public Policy or with the non-profit sector. On campus, Frae is heavily involved in Phi Mu where she currently serves as president of the sorority. She has had the pleasure of working with new students through UNL's New Student Enrollment program and looks forward to working more closely with first-year students.

Jenna BrendeJenna Brende is a senior English major and business minor, and is the Undergraduate English Advising intern for Spring 2017. She changed her major about six times before happily landing in the English department and knows what it is like to be undecided about what to do with life. With Jenna's experiences as a Peer Career Guide at Career Services and as the English Advising Intern, she hopes to pursue a career helping students throughout their college experiences.

AAC Poster by Jenna Brende and Frae Binder - links to PDF version