Peer Mentor Requirements

A First-Year Mentoring peer mentor has experience in the following areas or can be characterized in the ways listed below. 

Demonstrates academic excellence

  • Must have and maintain at least a 3.4 cumulative GPA
  • Loves to learn for the sake of learning
  • Promotes personal responsibility for learning
  • Uses effective learning and study strategies (i.e. test-taking and note-taking skills, textbook comprehension, study aids, information processing, time management, etc.)

Values and understands the importance of a broad general education and has successfully completed first-year University Core requirements

  • First-Year Writing (WRTG 150, WRTG 150 Honors, or PHIL 150)
  • American Heritage (the two-course option is acceptable)

Works cooperatively in a team or group setting

  • Communicates effectively (i.e. listens and comprehends, speaks so others can understand, writes clearly)
  • Demonstrates sound reasoning and problem-solving skills
  • Is self-motivated and productive in a non-structured work environment
  • Seeks and accepts feedback; strives to learn, grow, and develop personally
  • Is socially and emotionally mature
  • Consistently honors commitments
  • Finds creative solutions to problems
  • Works well under time constraints and pressure

Demonstrates leadership and administrative ability

  • Motivates others positively
  • Handles sensitive or difficult situations appropriately
  • Takes initiative to do more than asked
  • Adapts well to new situations and change
  • Prioritizes responsibilities and duties effectively

Displays genuine care and concern for other students, particularly freshmen

  • Has excellent interpersonal and public relations skills
  • Seeks to build relationships with each student in his or her learning community
  • Mentors students while identifying and documenting their needs, concerns, and plans
  • Demonstrates a positive attitude and encourages students in times of stress
  • Actively promotes and supports high community standards in classes and residence halls
  • Facilitates group discussions and study groups for students
  • Promotes student participation in the full range of cultural, educational, social, and spiritual opportunities available at the university

Has and continues to develop a broad knowledge of campus resources through personal use and inquiry (libraries, writing centers, College Advisement Centers, labs, etc.)

Has and continues to develop positive relationships with faculty

Has lived in on-campus housing (preferred but not required)

Has accurate general knowledge of First-Year Mentoring and what peer mentors do, acquired through personal experience as a first-year student or through reading the FYM website and other inquiry.

Is willing to comply with the First-Year Mentoring Dress and Grooming Standards