For those in post-secondary education an academic mentor can be invaluable. As a new university student, an older peer who knows the ropes and is supportive can make a world of difference when you transition into this kind of academic environment.
They can show you how to conduct research, point you in the right direction for services and even be someone you can party with in your free time.
I believe that most schools offer academic advisors and student counseling centers that can pair you up with another student for some academic mentorship. They are often chosen for this role because of their great communication skills and strong academic abilities. Someone you would really want in your corner.