Welcome to the mentor program! You’re probably here because it is your first year as a UConn graduate student. A lot of things are happening in our first year at graduate school. For some of us, this is our first time teaching, for others, it may be our first time in such rigorous courses. For all of us, it is a difficult balancing act between work, study, and what’s left of a social life. The mentor program pairs experienced TAs in the UConn math department with incoming first years to offer help in balancing teaching and course loads. All of us have had a first year, and are part of the program because we want to offer our advice and experience.