“Susie is trying to help sort it out,” Thomas said. “She’s a key advocate when a student gets discouraged and thinks, ‘I don’t know how to solve this.’”
The relatively new program helps a small number of students — between four to seven a year — but also applies many of the strategies for other at-risk students who take part in The Muster Project, organized by NMC’s Student Life and the Maritime Heritage Alliance.
Students not only sail, but also take part in team-building activities, ask any question they like, and link up with a student mentor who can help them year-long.
“The biggest predictor of success is if a student feels there is at least one person on campus who knows their name and cares about them,” Thomas said.