The Peer Mentor program is for students who want to be FIU student leaders by assisting First Year Experience instructors throughout the length of the course. Peer Mentors guide fellow peers throughout their first semester of college and are a great resource for students in and outside of the classroom. Peer Mentors have the opportunity to lead group activities and discussions during the class and establish special bonds with the students and instructor.
What is a Peer Mentor?
Peer Mentors are current and/or future FIU student leaders who assist First Year Experience instructors in a given semester. The main objective for a Peer Mentor is to help guide students throughout their first semester in college by sharing their personal experiences as a new student. Peer Mentors are utilized as a great resource for students and many times facilitate discussions on specific topics in the course.
What do we look for in a Peer Mentor?
- Someone who is responsible and takes the initiative to help others
- A role model to their fellow peers
- A student who is energetic and shows pride in FIU
- Someone who has a positive attitude and is helpful inside and outside of the classroom
As a peer mentor, you may expect to assist first-year students with some of the following:
- Making friends and fitting in
- Dealing with parents
- Working through homesickness
- Eating alone
- Public transportation
- Being responsible
- Eating healthy
- Time management
- Talking with their advisor
- Doing well academically
- Affordability and budgeting
- Life skills – laundry, cooking, etc.
- Getting sick
Responsibilities as a Peer Mentor:
- Attend Peer Mentor Trainings
- Lead group activities to create bonds and relationships between students in the First Year Experience course
- Meet and get to know the professor they are assisting once they are assigned
- Attend all of their class meetings
- Develop creative icebreakers and team builders to have the class interact with each other
- Co-facilitate discussions and activities with their instructor
- Be positive and have fun with our new Panthers!
- Current enrolled degree-seeking undergraduate student
- Completed 1 year or more at FIU
- Cumulative 2.5 GPA or above
What is the time commitment for Peer Mentors?
- Mandatory one day training before Summer B or Fall (dates to be discussed in interviews)
- Attend each First Year Experience class you are assigned. This schedule varies depending on Summer B, Fall, or Spring semesters
- Class preparation meetings with the instructor (weekly meetings are recommended but not required)
- Spend quality time with assigned students outside of the classroom (e.g., meet for lunch and attend FIU events)
- Monthly check-in meetings with the Center for Student Engagement
Are Peer Mentors paid?
- No. Peer Mentoring is a volunteer leadership position.