First-Year Experience
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FYE 1220 Peer Leaders

During the fall, FYE 1220 peer leaders help first-year students acclimate to college life through social and academic mentoring and assist the FYE 1220 instructor. Click the tabs below to learn more about FYE’s peer leader program on your campus.

Applications for 2019 peer leaders are now open! Look under the ‘How to Apply’ tab for your campus.

In Fall 2018, several changes were made to the First-Year Seminar course. To view those changes, click here.

 

Peer Leader Responsibilities
  • Assist first-year students in acclimating to college
  • Independently teach at least one class session, typically relating to campus engagement or time management, and submit a lesson plan of that session to their matched instructor
  • Serve as a resource to the instructor by communicating student needs and presenting material when asked
  • Meet with the matched instructor frequently to discuss specific peer leader expectations

All other roles peer leaders take on in the course must be mutually agreed upon by the peer leader and the matched instructor. 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 2019 timeline below for specific dates and application timeline information.

Spring 2019

  • Attend four hours of peer leader training
  • Meet with the assigned FYE 1220 instructor AT LEAST once before the Spring 2019 semester is complete to discuss and write Peer Leader/Faculty Agreement

Summer 2019

  • Complete online summer training

Fall 2019

  • Check-in with assigned Peer Leader Supervisor (minimum 3 times)
  • Attend ALL class sessions of FYE 1220 during fall semester (see About FYE 1220 below for more details)
  • Set regular meetings with professor during the Fall 2019 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
About FYE 1220

Peer leaders are required to commit to the full FYE 1220 course. FYE 1220 is a two hour credit, meeting twice a week, for the full semester. Peer leaders are placed in one of the two course options listed below. This placement is based on the peer leader’s course schedule, interest(s), and goals.

Thematic Course
Faculty develop a theme that students select based on their interests. Students in this course apply the information literacy outcomes by researching the theme.

Linked Course
FYE 1220 is linked to a core curriculum course. Students are enrolled in both courses, and apply the information literacy outcomes through a research project in the core course. Peer leaders matched in this course option are only required to assist in FYE 1220. However, if the peer leader wishes to assist in both FYE 1220 and the linked core class, they should:

      •  Have an agreement with the instructor teaching the linked course
      • Understand that First-Year Experience will not facilitate anything outside of FYE 1220, i.e. training
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.

Previous Peer Leaders
“Being a peer leader teaches [you] about being more responsible as well as maturing in a job-like setting. It allows you to meet new friends and help people in their new college life.” -Nick Walters, Political Science
“In addition to [peer leading] being an awesome experience, serving in this role allows you to make connections with some wonderful faculty and staff. Most importantly, you never know what kind of impact you can have on your students.” -Sarah Deloach, Mathematics
“It’s a way to get out there, become a leader, and help make it fun for incoming freshman.” -Riley Martinez, Psychology
2019 Peer Leader Timeline
November 6, 2018, 6:00-6:30pm Peer Education Information Session in Russell Union 2054
November 7, 2018, 5:30-6:00pm Peer Education Information Session in Russell Union 2054
November 16, 2018 Applications Open
January 22, 2019, 6:30-7:00 PM Peer Educator Information Session in Russell Union 2054
January 23, 2019, 6:00-6:30 PM Peer Educator Information Session in Russell Union 2054
February 5, 2019 by 5:00 PM Applications, resumes, and faculty evaluations due
February 11, 2019 Applicants notified via GSU email of interview status
February 11-15, 2019 Invited applicants sign up for interviews
February 25-27, 2019 Interviews – 2nd floor Russell Union
March 4, 2019 Decision letters sent
March 8, 2019 by 5:00 PM Contracts due
April 8, 2019, 6:30pm-8:00pm* Peer leader training #1 in Williams Center Multipurpose Room
April 15, 2019 – April 19, 2019 Meet with Peer Leader Supervisor (once for 30min)
April 22, 2019, 6:30 – 8:00pm* Peer leader training #2 in Williams Center Multipurpose Room
April 29, 2019, 6:30 – 8:00pm* Peer leader training #3 in Williams Center Multipurpose Room
May 10, 2019 Peer Leader/Faculty Agreement due

* Five hours of regular peer leader training, one  and one hour of Folio training is required for ALL peer leaders. If you are unable to make the scheduled training dates, alternate dates will be provided. Students who cannot make it to training sessions or meetings due to other requirements must (1) inform Staci Robinson of their upcoming absence before the date of the event and (2) schedule a make-up training date with Staci and (3) complete training makeup work BEFORE attending the make-up training meeting.

How to Apply

There are three steps to completing the peer leader application, all of which are to be completed by 5:00 pm on Tuesday, February 5th, 2019.

1. Click here to submit the online application.

2. Email your current resume as an attachment to Staci-Robinson@georgiasouthern.edu with the subject heading “FYE 1220 Peer Leader Resume for [Your Name].”

*For tips on your resume, click here.

3. Ask a faculty or staff member to complete a recommendation form. While the form is not extensive, you’ll want to give your recommender plenty of time to complete it. Your recommender will need to complete the form while signed into their Georgia Southern email account. If you are a returning peer leader, you are not required to complete this step.

*For tips on approaching your recommender, click here.

For more information or questions regarding your Fall 2019 peer leader application, contact Staci Robinson at Staci-Robinson@georgiasouthern.edu.

In Fall 2018, several changes were made to the First-Year Seminar course. To view those changes, click here.

 

Peer Leader Responsibilities
  • Assist first-year students in acclimating to college
  • Independently teach at least one class session, typically relating to campus engagement or time management, and submit a lesson plan of that session to their matched instructor
  • Serve as a resource to the instructor by communicating student needs and presenting material when asked
  • Meet with the matched instructor frequently to discuss specific peer leader expectations

All other roles peer leaders take on in the course must be mutually agreed upon by the peer leader and the matched instructor. 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 2019 timeline below for specific dates and application timeline information.

Spring 2019

  • Attend four hours of peer leader training
  • Meet with the assigned FYE 1220 instructor AT LEAST once before the Spring 2019 semester is complete to discuss and write Peer Leader/Faculty Agreement

Summer 2019

  • Complete online summer training

Fall 2019

  • Check-in with assigned Peer Leader Supervisor (minimum 3 times)
  • Attend ALL class sessions of FYE 1220 during fall semester (see About FYE 1220 below for more details)
  • Set regular meetings with professor during the Fall 2019 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 FYS 1000 or FYE 1220
  • Clear judicial record
About FYE 1220

Peer leaders are required to commit to the full FYE 1220 course. FYE 1220 is a two hour credit, meeting twice a week, for the full semester. Peer leaders are placed in one of the two course options listed below. This placement is based on the peer leader’s course schedule, interest(s), and goals.

Thematic Course
Faculty develop a theme that students select based on their interests. Students in this course apply the information literacy outcomes by researching the theme.

Linked Course
FYE 1220 is linked to a core curriculum course. Students are enrolled in both courses, and apply the information literacy outcomes through a research project in the core course. Peer leaders matched in this course option are only required to assist in FYE 1220. However, if the peer leader wishes to assist in both FYE 1220 and the linked core class, they should:

      •  Have an agreement with the instructor teaching the linked course
      • Understand that First-Year Experience will not facilitate anything outside of FYE 1220, i.e. training
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.

Previous Peer Leaders
“I believe that becoming a peer leader is one of the best decisions I ever made. I have gained a lot from this experience. I feel more confident talking to other people as well as presenting in front of many people.” -Yen Nguyen, Biology
“As a peer leader I have gained confidence in school knowledge as well as how to give valuable advice. I also got to work with an incredible professor who helped guide me into more knowledge of the Honors Program.” -Taylor Alberts, Comm Sciences and Disorders
I remember my first year of college and the amount of obstacles I had to face, while being a full time college student with no one to turn to for help. I wanted to be the person students could look to for guidance and help with making smart choices throughout the semester.” -Kevin Kent, Psychology
2019 Peer Leader Timeline
November 7, 2018, 12:30-1:00pm Peer Educator Info Session in Student Success Center 102
November 8, 2018, 12:30-1:00pm Peer Educator Info Session in Student Success Center 102
November 16, 2018 Applications Open
January 23, 2019, 1:00-1:30pm Peer Educator Info Session in Student Success Center 104
February 5, 2019 by 5:00 PM Applications, resumes, and faculty evaluations due
February 11, 2019 Applicants notified via GSU email of interview status
February 11-15, 2019 Invited applicants sign up for interviews
February 18-20, 2019 Interviews
March 4, 2019 Decision letters sent
March 8, 2019 by 5:00 PM Contracts due
TBD (April) Peer leader training #1
TBD (April) Meet with Peer Leader Supervisor (once for 30min)
TBD (April) Peer leader training #2
TBD (April) Peer leader training #3
May 10, 2019 Peer Leader/Faculty Agreement due

*Five hours of regular peer leader training and one hour of Folio training is required for ALL peer leaders. If you are unable to make the scheduled training dates, alternate dates will be provided. Students who cannot make it to training sessions or meetings due to other requirements must (1) inform Marysol Ramirez of their upcoming absence before the date of the event and (2) schedule a make-up training date with Marysol and (3) complete training makeup work BEFORE attending the make-up training meeting.

How to Apply

Applications for 2019 peer leaders are now open!

There are three steps to completing the peer leader application, all of which are to be completed by 5:00 pm on Tuesday, February 5th, 2019.

1. Click here to submit the online application.

2. Email your current resume as an attachment to mramirezayon@georgiasouthern.edu with the subject heading “FYE 1220 Peer Leader Resume for [Your Name].”

*For tips on your resume, click here.

3. Ask a faculty or staff member to complete a recommendation form. While the form is not extensive, you’ll want to give your recommender plenty of time to complete it. Your recommender will need to complete the form while signed into their Georgia Southern email account. If you are a returning peer leader, you are not required to complete this step.

*For tips on approaching your recommender, click here.

For more information or questions regarding your Fall 2019 peer leader application, contact Marysol Ramirez at mramirezayon@georgiasouthern.edu.

 

Last updated: 12/10/2018

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