​Peer Mentor

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Transfer Peer Mentors are volunteer transfer students in a leadership position. In this position they serve as mentors for new transfer students at UGA.

Applications to become a TSE Peer Mentor are currently closed, but if you are still interested in the opportunity, please fill out the Peer Mentor Interest Form and you will be contacted when applications re-open.


Qualifications

Minimum qualifications:

  • Full-time undergraduate student
  • Transferred from another institution (two-year or four-year)
  • Must have completed one semester at UGA by the end of Spring 2018 semester
  • 2.50 cumulative GPA or higher and in good academic standing
  • Excellent communication, organization, and interpersonal skills

Duties and Expectations

TSE Peer Mentors will:

  • Available for all training and program dates and times
  • Expect to check your email daily and respond in a prompt manner
  • Email their mentees to welcome them to UGA within the first two weeks of the semester
  • Answer those “how does this work at UGA” questions
  • Be familiar with campus resources and willing to make referrals to campus partners
    • Encourage students to take advantage of other support services within the university
  • Communicate with students about a variety of social and academic events on campus
  • Assist their mentees with how to get involved on campus
  • Attend at least one event per week during Welcome UGA (first six weeks of the semester)]
  • Meet at least twice in person individually with their mentees a semester to get to know each other and answer questions the mentee might have
    • Schedule appointments with your mentee, and call to cancel meetings if emergencies/time conflicts arise
    • Provide guidance and support to the student by creating an atmosphere of openness, caring and concern where meaningful communication and trust can exist
  • Meet once a month with their entire mentor group
  • Work collaboratively to create a bi-monthly blog series posted on the website
  • Provide tips and tricks on the best places to eat, shop, socialize, etc. in Athens
  • Abide by University of Georgia policies and procedures and be a good role model
  • Keep accurate records of each contact with mentee. Submit the following reports:
    • Initial Contact Form, Monthly Meeting Summary, and Mentor Concern Form (when you have a red flag concern about your mentee)

Mentor Benefits

As a result of their position and involvement with the Transfer Student Experience, TSE mentors will:

  • Possess a knowledge and understanding of UGA departments and resources
  • Grow their understanding of leadership and learn how to utilize common leadership practices and skills
    • Develop interpersonal communication and counseling skills including one-on-one facilitation, group facilitation, and problem-solving skills
  • Build relationships with transfer students, fellow TSE Mentors, and University Staff
  • Experience working in a collaborative team environment