American Studies Peer Mentoring


"That poem looks weird.' -- Is this a thesis?" "I want to study abroad -- what are my first steps?" "Should I take 'Introducing Critical Theory' in my second semester?" "What are your experiences with BaFöG? Are there other options for funding?" "My 'List of Works Cited' looks off -- can somebody take a look?" "There is no way I'll make it through the first chapter of Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury by myself -- would anyone like to form a reading group?" "I still have no idea how to automatically generate a Table of Contents, so would someone volunteer to explain it again? Please?" "I am going to finish my B.A. next semester -- what's next?" "I wrote a statement of purpose for a Fulbright program -- is there such a thing as 'too motivated'?" ...

In the course of your studies, you will naturally have a lot of questions, but, as these might not always be of organizational nature, you may shy away from asking your professors, instructors, and coordinators. Nevertheless, any question that pertains to the smooth flow of your B.A. and M.A. studies is important. The Peer Mentoring Program of the American Studies Section is a student initiative that intends to bridge the gap between students and faculty. It offers you the opportunity to talk to your more experienced peers and find answers to your questions.

You can contact us via our helpline ( or via our Facebook-group (American Studies Studierende Uni Göttingen), which we invite you to join.

We also have a "Stammtisch" every second Wednesday of the month. Here you can exchange your experiences with us and other students in a more relaxed atmosphere off campus.

Furthermore, we are offering workshops in which you can enhance crucial skills for your successful studies, such as how to research, structure, and write a term paper. These workshops will be announced on the American Studies website as well as in the lecture classes and seminars.