About US 101 Peer Mentoring
Want to become a US 101 Peer Mentor?
Overview of Peer Mentorship:
- Peer Mentorship provides an exciting and challenging opportunity for experienced students who are interested in mentoring freshmen as they transition to college
- Your role is to work with your assigned instructor to help US 101 students:
- Grasp and connect to readings
- Understand campus and community resources available to them
- Discuss, analyze, present on, and write about course texts, which cover a wide range of topics, such as transition, identity, diversity, social injustice, etc.
- Offer moral support, when needed, and direct struggling students to MSU resources
- Peer Mentors will be partnered with a section of US 101US-First Year Seminar
- Mentors will attend every class meeting of their partnered US 101 class, as well as
engage their mentees in out of class activities (see further below for more detail
- Selections of partnered US courses will be assigned based on your preferences and time availability
- Mentors will attend every class meeting of their partnered US 101 class, as well as engage their mentees in out of class activities (see further below for more detail on this)
- Peer Mentors enroll in US 460- Peer Leadership (3 cr.) for weekly training and support
You are the facilitator for involving new students in university life and in college level learning through reading, thinking, and dialogue. You, alongside the instructor, will help challenge students to think and communicate in a small group setting while developing critical listening skills and honing their writing abilities.
Requirements to be a Peer Mentor:
- Be an MSU student in their 2nd year or higher
- Successfully completed US Core course (Completion of any US Core course is sufficient, you do not have to have taken US 101)
- Good academic standing
- Completion of online application which includes contact info of two (2) references from the MSU community
*Note: Mentors do not enroll in the US 101 course they are a Mentor for, but they do attend every class meeting for their designated section of the seminar.
Benefits of being a Mentor:
- Be part of a team of program facilitators and fellow mentors who will offer guidance
and support for your learning and endeavors -- network and make new friends!
- An opportunity to help new freshman navigate the transition to college -- gain satisfaction
from helping others and contribute to the university community!
- Mentoring and leadership training that you can apply to many professional careers
-- experience that looks good on a resume!
- Earn upper-division credits (for US460) that count towards your 42 upper-division course degree requirements
Time commitment and expectations of Mentors:
Peer mentors are required to:
- Attend a pre-semester training in August before the start of Fall classes
- Enroll in US 460 Peer Leadership in the Fall semester for weekly training and support
- Attend every class meeting of the US 101 seminar course they are paired with
- Meet one-on-one with mentees during the first 3-4 weeks of the semester
- Reach out to mentees who are struggling and offer ongoing support throughout the semester
- Occasional out of class activities (University Studies events, Major Madness, other campus events etc.)
- In the US 101 classroom (training for these requirements provided in US 460 course):
Take the lead in icebreakers and other activities
Announce and encourage campus and community events and engagement opportunities
Refer students to key MSU services (library, counseling, academic advising, tutoring, learning strategies, etc.)
Act as general student support for academic systems, such as D2L
Offer guidance and support through US course curriculum and class discussions
Support critical thinking, learning, and understanding in a supportive and collegial environment
Overall, serve as a good example of a successful MSU student