New pen pal program aims to connect students of Western North Carolina

The Catamount Cares Student Ambassador program is working to help students across Western North Carolina connect with each other during this time of uncertainty.

The WNC Pen Pal Program will be open for students to sign up starting Monday, Oct. 5 through Friday, Oct. 16. There will be a Google Form provided to collect information to create the pen pal pairings. Students can expect to be connected with their pen pal starting Oct. 19.

Ainsley McNeil, social media team member for CCSA, explained the benefits of getting involved in the WNC Pen Pal Program.

“Any student who is looking to make some new friends during these crazy times or just wants someone to talk to about their experiences will benefit from this program. We will be trying our best to link up individuals with similar interests so the students can find that friendly connection with someone,” McNeil said.

There are three other colleges currently participating in this program, including UNC-Asheville, Warren Wilson College, and Brevard College.

In addition to coordinating the WNC Pen Pal Program, the Catamount Cares Student Ambassador program also works to promote COVID-19 safety practices on campus by providing prize incentives.

“We do this by handing out Catamount Care stickers to those who are following university policies by wearing their mask and physically distancing. These stickers can be redeemed for prizes at our weekly store on the UC Lawn from 11a.m to 1p.m.,” McNeil said.

More information on the WNC Pen Pal Program can be found on the CCSA’s Instagram page and flyers posted around campus.