What Is a Peer Mentor (PM)?
The Peer Mentor, combined with Great Beginnings Leader, Program are two new programs replacing the First Year Leader (FYL) Program. Both positions are vital roles to the success of our incoming students. Peer Mentors primary goals will be to:
- Provided new Murray State students an opportunity to connect with an experienced student
- Share their story to help students transition into college life at Murray State
- Introduce students to faculty, staff, and other students
- Be a positive role model to the student while promoting the Residential College System and Murray State University community
Time, date and location, TBA
Please attend one of the information sessions to find out more about being a Great Beginnings Leader/Peer Mentors. Attendance at one of these sessions is highly encouraged because general interview etiquette, the interview process, sample questions, and more job-specific details will be discussed.
- In order to apply, you must have a 2.5 cumulative GPA (including transfer hours) and be in good academic standing. Each PM must also have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA at the end of the 2015 spring semester of 2016.
- Must have completed 24 hours by the end of the Spring 2016 semester.
- Must be returning to Murray State in the fall of 2017 as an undergraduate student.
- Sincere desire to serve Murray State's new students.
- Strong love for and loyalty to Murray State.
- Strong interpersonal skills.
- Good sense of humor balanced by a sense of responsibility.
- Willing to accept a challenge and to step out of comfort zone.
- Strong internal motivation to succeed personally follow-up with students on a weekly basis.
- Recognize that being a Peer Mentor is a serious, rewarding, and self-sacrificing fall commitment.
- Desire to develop deeper relationships with their mentees.
Peer Mentor Responsibilities
- Serve as a positive role model for all students.
- Make necessary housing arrangements to ensure you are in Murray and ready for GBL/PM training (Time, location and date, TBA).
- Read and respond (as necessary) to communications sent to you regarding your Peer Mentor responsibilities and/or the Peer Mentor program.
- Serve as a role model for all students.
- Serve as a leader and active participant in as many Great Beginnings activities as possible. This will help Peer Mentors recruit potential mentees.
- Facilitate one-on-one meetings with students. Encouraging them in their transition to Murray State, guiding them to helpful resources, reflecting on your strategy and how you can best help the student.
- Connect new students to the Residential College System, Murray State Community, faculty, staff, and other students.
- Recruit the 2018 Peer Mentors.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Participate in an 8 week course class.
Benefits to Peer Mentor
- Significant leadership training and experience.
- Opportunity to develop professional and personal relationships with faculty, staff, and students
- Free Residential College T-shirts.
- Moving into Resident College early.
- Opportunity to make a lasting impact on the lives of a new students.
- Opportunity to share your love of Murray State University.
All interested, qualified students should complete the application. Applications will be available in the near future.
Interview Attire & Expectations
Interviews: Will be determined through email after the application is submitted.
Mandatory Dates in 2017
Before submitting your application, please check your calendars to ensure you do not have any date conflicts. Specific dates and duties are subject to change.
August 9 (3:30-9:00pm), August 10 (7:30am-7:00pm), and August 11 (7:30am-7:30pm)
Saturday, August 12. Report to your assigned Residential College.
The class is designed to provide Peer Mentors a space to reflect and share their experience with other Peer Mentors. The assignments will be in the form of group discussion within the scheduled timeframe. Details about the class will be determined at a later date. The class will meet on Thursdays at 5pm.