What do FYE Peer Mentors do?
FYE Peer Mentors are students who volunteer to help the Office of the First-Year Experience with their programming geared toward first-year students. Including, but not limited to New Student Orientation, College Prep Days, and the UNV 1010: Transitions to Higher Education course.
- New Student Orientation (June – August)
- Help set up, check in students as they arrive, be enthusiastic, lead icebreakers, lead groups of students around campus, answer questions, facilitate student panel, and clean up at the end of the day.
- College Prep Days (mid – late August)
- Plan program ahead of time, edit programming to suit needs of the students, check students in, run icebreakers, answer questions, show students around campus, etc.
- UNV 1010 (Fall or Winter Semester)
- Attend your assigned class each time they meet to discuss what is going on around campus and find out what how students are getting involved — connect with the Office of Student Life.
- Lead icebreakers to help the students get to know each other at the beginning of the semester.
- Attend UNV 1010 Welcome Day (more information to come).
- Be available to your class of students if they have questions.
- Attend service learning project if possible.
- Organize end-of-the-semester celebration potluck.
What are the time commitments to being an FYE Peer Mentor?
- FYE Peer Mentors are required to attend a training session prior to helping with the first event.
- Depending on the program you are volunteering for, the time commitment will vary.
- New Student Orientation: You are not required to be available for all orientations, but helping at multiple orientations is encouraged. On the day of orientation, you need to be available from approximately 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- College Prep Days: It is helpful to have a few Peer Mentors available in the weeks before College Prep Days to help prepare the programming for students; you have lived through it already and your feedback is very meaningful and appreciated!
- UNV 1010: You are assigned to a UNV 1010 class as a Peer Mentor. The time commitment varies based on how involved you want to be. UNV 1010 Peer Mentors go through a personal interview as well as the application process.
What are the benefits to being an FYE Peer Mentor?
- Although the benefits to being a Peer Mentor are endless, here are a few that make this position not only good for the students you help, but good for you!
- Being a mentor to incoming students: This role is clearly focused on helping new students in their journey to higher education. You are a role model for students starting at MU and have the ability to help them in their transition to college,
- Leadership development: We provide training prior to the events so you have all the information and skills necessary to assist students.
- Developing relationships: Not only do you meet new first-year students, but you meet other Peer Mentors and further develop relationships with each other during training and events.
- Getting to know professionals on campus: Through your experiences as a Peer Mentor you interact with many staff members on campus and get to know them. This is a great way to develop relationships so you have an opportunity to receive letters of recommendation for future scholarships, awards, etc,
- Many more!
Who are the FYE Peer Mentors?
How do I become an FYE Peer Mentor?
For an application or to ask questions, contact First-Year Experience Assistant, Nicole Nagy, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 734-432-5624.