Role of the Peer Mentor
Peer Mentors are an integral part of FY 101, a 1-credit course offered to first-year students during the fall semester. Peer Mentors are responsible for helping plan syllabi and course activities, facilitate discussion, and promote student engagement both in and outside of the classroom. Serving both as role models and valuable resources to first-year students, Peer Mentors assist in making connections with a range of campus departments, student organizations, and the vast array of opportunities that exist at Boston University and in the great city of Boston.
Being a peer mentor is signing up for an active, one-semester commitment during the “FY101 semester.” Although CAS provides opportunities for peer mentors in the semesters that follow their FY101 semester, those opportunities are optional.
Peer Mentors will be expected to attend a few meetings in the latter part of the spring semester and be available by email/phone in the summer before their FY101 semester. Peer Mentors are required to attend their assigned FY 101 class session and to meet regularly with their course instructor to prepare for upcoming classes. In addition, Peer Mentors must enroll in a 2 credit course on peer counseling through the School of Education, which provides the opportunity to share ideas and to build skills in communication, leadership, and mentoring. This course typically meets on Mondays from 4-6pm during the FY101 semester.
Peer Mentors must meet the following requirements:
- Be a student, in good standing, in the College of Arts & Sciences
- Have sophomore standing by the Fall 2014 semester
- Possess strong interpersonal and communication skills and have the desire to continue to develop these skills throughout the semester
- Be enthusiastic about the College of Arts & Sciences and Boston University
- Be willing to share their own experiences as a student in the College of Arts & Sciences and at the University
- Be interested in supporting the successful academic and social transition of first-year students
Peer Mentors will have the opportunity to network with administrators and staff from across the College and the University, while receiving mentoring from their assigned course instructor. They will gain valuable leadership, presentation, and communication skills while making a significant impact on the experience of first-year students in the College of Arts & Sciences.
Are you interested in becoming a peer mentor? For more information on the 2014 application & selection process.