PSP Writing Mentor
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The Prefreshman Summer Program (PSP) is an opportunity for admitted Cornell students to prepare for the challenges of their first year at Cornell University. PSP students participate in a 6-week summer session that introduces them to campus resources and provides an early opportunity to begin building community ties and to learn and practice essential academic skills and strategies.
Many PSP students enroll in First-Year Writing Seminars, courses which will ultimately fulfill College writing requirements.
Bella Nevarez ('23), the 2020 PSP Writing Mentor, is available throughout the summer session to provide support for PSP students at any stage of the writing process, for nearly any kind of FWS assignment: reading, informal and formal writing assignments, asychronous class activities, presentations, and more.
Bella, a former PSP student who has successfully completed her College's FWS requirement, will serve as a responsive listener, reader, and mentor who can address questions about the writing process or about particular pieces of writing. Inher meetings with students, she will ask questions that foster critical thinking about assignments and consider questions of confidence, reading, analytic thought, imagination, and research.
This summer, as PSP students work remotely, meetings with Bella will also offer a unique opportunity for connection, encouragement, and support in a time of isolation and more autonomous work expectations.
FWS Class Visits
Meet Bella Nevarez
Bella is a sophomore in the College of Human Ecology majoring in Human Biology, Health, and Society in the hopes of one day becoming a plastic surgeon. As a former PSP participant, she would like to mentor students in their writing and beyond as they prepare for their first year of college. On campus, she holds a position in the co-ed service fraternity APO, in which she inspires others to be more involved and become leaders within the Cornell community. This is her first year as a mentor and she is very excited to meet new people and assist others in the writing process!
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