The Mentored Academic Pathway (MAP) is a focused opportunity for reflection. As a required component of your Wheaton experience in the Compass curriculum, the MAP will guide your advising conversations. Over the four years, you will reflect on a set of questions that will help you make decisions, integrate your curricular and co-curricular experiences, plan for the future, and consider your overall progress. Ultimately, the completed MAP will highlight your accomplishments and growth and helps you to be more intentional and informed about your next steps after college.

As they work on their MAP, students will… 

  • Create plans and make decisions;
  • Cultivate skills associated with personal development, such as resilience, autonomy and adaptability;
  • Develop an awareness of community as a place of reciprocal relationships and diverse individuals, where they give and receive support, exchange ideas, and collaborate for positive change;
  • Practice the habit of reflection;
  • Develop a sense of themselves as students and learners

You will be assigned a MAP Advisor in the summer prior to your first semester, and meet each semester with your MAP Advisor and your MAP cohort, including first meetings at New Student Orientation in August.

Each semester, you are also expected to participate in MAP Day.  Usually a day in the middle of the semester, prior to the advising and registration period, classes are canceled from 9am-2pm to allow for a full day program.  Our intent for the day is to give you an opportunity to reflect, plan, commiserate, learn, and inquire. Sessions are intended to help you refine or learn new skills, think about your academic path, learn about socially relevant issues, engage in some self care, and connect with one another.  MAP Day sessions will target different class years, so in your first year you can expect to connect with resources to make your Wheaton experience successful and by the third and fourth year you may be using this time to connect with employers, learn about applying to graduate school, or share your research or co-curricular activities with new students.