First-Year Experience
Georgia Southern University

FYE 1220 Peer Leaders

Applications for 2017 Peer Leaders are now closed. Please check back in December 2017 for Fall 2018 applications.

During the fall, FYE 1220 peer leaders help first-year students acclimate to college life through social and academic mentoring and assist the extended orientation instructor of FYE. Scroll down to the bottom of the page for instructions on how to apply.

Peer Leader Responsibilities
  • Assist first-year students in acclimating to college
  • Independently teach at least one class session in the extended orientation portion of FYE 1220, typically relating to time management or on campus resources, and submit a lesson plan of that session to their matched instructor
  • Serve as a resource to the orientation instructor by communicating student needs, organizing classes and presenting material when asked
  • Meet with the assigned orientation instructor frequently to discuss specific peer leader expectations
  • Decide other roles to take on in the course. Past peer leaders have …
    • Helped build a classroom community by initiating icebreakers and team building exercises
    • Facilitated student involvement on campus by sharing personal experiences
    • Communicated with students about upcoming campus and community events
    • Explained and answered questions about Georgia Southern University policy
Peer Leader Expectations
  • Put aside racial, sexual and personal bias in order to meet first-year student needs
  • Help first-year students acclimate to college life by providing a safe, accepting and helpful environment
  • Use positive peer influence to promote a healthy, supportive, and respectful educational environment
  • Demonstrate appropriate behaviors inside and outside of the classroom
  • Help students reach their academic, social and personal goals by referring them to appropriate campus resources and professionals based on individual needs
Peer Leader Time Commitments

The following time commitments are required of ALL peer leaders. Peer leaders who cannot meet the requirements will be asked to leave the program. Please see the 2018 timeline below for specific dates and application timeline information.

Spring 2018

  • Attend six hours of peer leader training
  • Attend one, one-hour Folio training session
  • Meet with the assigned FYE 1220 instructor AT LEAST once before the Spring 2018 semester is complete to discuss and write Peer Leader/Faculty Agreement

Summer 2018

  •  Complete all online summer training before the fall

Fall 2018

  • Attend one small group peer leader session (time and date TBD) to discuss how peer leading is going with FYE staff
  • Attend ALL class sessions of the orientation section of FYE 1220 during fall semester (specific time commitments differ from section to section; see Logistics of Peer Leading below for more details)
  • Set regular meetings with professor during the Fall 2018 semester to discuss and prepare for class
  • Respond to student emails or phone calls
  • Meet with students before or after class when needed
Academic Requirements
  •  Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Minimum grade of B in FYE 1220
  • Clear judicial record
Logistics of Peer Leading for FYE 1220

FYE 1220 has two component parts that together total two credit hours: twenty-five percent of the total course grade comes from the “extended orientation” component of FYE 1220; seventy-five percent of the course comes from the theme-based “seminar” component. All peer leaders serve in the extended orientation portion of the course. In cases where the instructor and peer leader agree on it (generally when the peer has an expressed interest in the theme), a peer leader may serve in both portions of the course.

The Extended Orientation
In this portion of the class, students learn about campus resources, time management, study skills, and academic advising in addition to reflecting broadly on their college experience. For specific learning outcomes for both the seminar and the extended orientation components, click here.

The Seminar
In the seminar portion of the course, students develop research skills revolving around information literacy, documentation and plagiarism prevention. Faculty develop a special-topics course for the seminar component suitable for first-year students. Students, in turn, select their section of FYE 1220 based on the theme for the course. The idea is that all students should take a course that truly interests them in a format that promotes interaction during their first year.

What’s in it for Me?
Peer leaders may receive credit on their service transcript for their service. More important than this credit, however, are the intangible benefits. Being a peer leader provides practical experience to hone leadership and presentation skills and to learn more about Georgia Southern. It also allows student leaders to get to network with a faculty member, which can be beneficial when students need a strong letter of reference for graduate school, jobs, or internships.
2018 Peer Leader Timeline
  • The Fall 2017/Spring 2018 calendar will be available soon. Check back for specific dates. 

* Six hours of regular peer leader training and one hour of Folio training is required for ALL peer leaders. Students who cannot make it to training sessions or meetings due to other requirements must (1) inform LaNesha McCann of their upcoming absence before the date of the event and (2) schedule a make-up training date with LaNesha and (3) complete training makeup work BEFORE attending the make-up training meeting.

How to Apply

Applications for 2017 Peer Leaders are now closed. Please check back in December 2017 for Fall 2018 applications.

For more information or questions regarding your Fall 2018 Peer Leader application contact LaNesha McCann at

Last updated: 8/21/2017

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