Michila Weddle, a three-year IUPUI Honors College peer mentor and accounting major, detailed how she helped mentees be heard. She said that the pandemic pushed her to be a better peer mentor and that being able to meet with her mentees virtually helped her connect with them sooner, therefore assisting their transition into college. 

This semester I feel like the peer mentors were more important than ever, especially for building community, Weddle said. Connecting with incoming students was more than answering questions about college, but was providing a space to build relationships when it was hard to make new friends.

While as a mentor, she was able to assist with the honors peer mentors welcome event by leading a small group with breakout room activities, she also participated and helped facilitate ALDPES events.

Weddle plans to continue attending virtual events and specifically hopes to see the book drive benefiting Teacher’s Treasures continue after the pandemic.  

“Teacher’s Treasures has been able to continue providing school supplies to local teachers and safe volunteer opportunities for IUPUI students, so I would love if we were able to continue the partnership post-pandemic,” Weddle said. 

Throughout the pandemic, she was able to present and answer questions about ALDPES at the first virtual IUPUI Honors College open house; attend several ALDPES member meetings; complete several service projects with ALDPES, including the holiday project; and participate in the ALD and PES virtual national conferences. With all her experience, she hopes virtual events continue past the pandemic and encourages other IUPUI Honors College students to attend them. 

“Other Honors College students should attend the virtual events because it provides an opportunity to stay engaged with campus. It also provides an opportunity to gain leadership experience and experience some creativity to make events engaging and fun,” Weddle said 

Weddle in an ALDPES meeting

For more information, contact the Division of Undergraduate Education Office of Communications at duecomm@iupui.edu.