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 [email protected] 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.