Peer Leader application deadline approaches

Brendan Ward

The deadline for students to submit their peer leader applications is fast approaching.

If selected as a peer leader, students will act as teaching assistants to First Year Experience instructors and will be expected to teach at least one class. Peer leaders also serve as a resource to help first-year students adjust to college more easily.

Any students who are interested in being a peer leader and want to learn more can attend information sessions on Jan. 17 from 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The final day to submit applications is Feb. 4 at 5 p.m. Students will be notified by Feb. 10 at 5 p.m. if they have been selected for an interview, which will be held from Feb. 20 to Feb. 22.

Final decisions letters are released March 3 at noon and can be picked up at the First Year Experience office located in the Williams Center.

To apply, students must complete an online application, submit their resume to with the subject “Peer Leader Resume for (Your Name)” and have a member of the faculty complete an online recommendation form.

There are academic requirements to be a peer leader as well. All peer leaders must have a 3.0 GPA, a minimum grade of a B in FYE 1220: First Year Seminar and a clean judicial record.

Kimberlee Yontz, coordinator of peer education and academic intervention for the FYE office, said peer leading is a good way to get leadership experience.

“Peer leading is a great leadership opportunity and also allows experience building presentation skills,” said Yontz. “It also allows student leaders to work closely with a faculty member, which can be beneficial when students need a letter of reference for graduate schools, jobs or internships.”

For more information and a detailed schedule, go to the FYE webpage.