Thrive GW was an initiative of the Office of Student Life for 2020-21, that paired each new undergraduate student with a trained Guide. Guides helped new students orient to and engage in the GW community and find the necessary support to foster student success. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic and virtual instruction period, these staff Guides served as trained, experienced, and enthusiastic “anchors” to help first-year students feel connected to GW.
The goals of these interactions will be aligned with the holistic mission to orient, connect, and support GW students. Examples of interactions include: touching base about GW arrival logistics, student engagement opportunities, career development resources, and recreational activities near campus. These interactions will focus on interpersonal, career, wellness, professional, and leadership development, leaving academic advising to the experts in the schools.
Thrive Guides are members of the GW community who help orient, connect, and support incoming first-year students. Guides will serve as coaches, role models, and referral agents to introduce GW’s first year students to the Washington, D.C. community and GW student life.