What is A Hullabaloo U Peer Mentor?
Hullabloo U Peer Mentors serve as a role model, resource, and leader for a small group of first-year Aggies. As a Peer Mentor, you will serve alongside a faculty or staff member for one section of the Hullabaloo U first year experience course. In your role, you will help new students make a successful transition to Aggieland, get involved on-campus, succeed in the classroom, and create a sense of belonging in the broader Aggie Community.
Application and Selection Process
- Step 1: Complete the Hullabaloo U Peer Mentor Application by Sunday, January 26 at 11:59pm.
- Step 2: Your application is reviewed by the Office for Student Success. You will be notified via email by Wednesday, February 5 at 5:00pm if you have been selected to attend a group interview.
- Step 3: Attend a group interview on February 17, February 18, or February 19. Details on how to sign up will be sent to all eliglbe candidates.
- Step 4: All applicants will be notified by Friday, March 6 at 5:00 PM. Applicants may be selected a peer mentor or a peer mentor alternate.
- Step 4: Attend a Hullabaloo U Peer Mentor Spring Training on April 25, May 2, or May 7. All trainings will take place from 10 am - 4 pm with lunch provided.
Benefits of becoming a Hullabaloo U Peer Mentor
- Receive compensation of $500 for the semester you serve as a Peer Mentor. This will be paid as a stipend through your student financial aid portal in October 2020.
- Develop your personal leadership style and strengths. In your role as a Peer Mentor, you will be provided opportunities to identify, develop, and demonstrate leadership and communication skills transferable to achieving your professional and personal goals. These skills include:
- Critical Thinking/Problem Solving
- Global/Intercultural Competency
- Serve the Aggie Community. As a Hullabaloo-U Peer Mentor, you will be a constant point of contact for your students every week throughout their first year. By serving as a Peer Mentor you are helping to ensure that all new students feel like they are a part of the Aggie Family and have the tools to succeed.
- Expand your network. Establishing positive connections with new students and current Texas A&M faculty & staff members will allow you to develop mutually beneficial relationships and expose you to a diverse network of professionals within the Aggie Community.
- Be a member of the Class of ’21, '22, or ’23 who has completed at least 24 credit hours by the end of the Spring 2020 semester at Texas A&M College Station or through the Blinn TEAM program; who will be enrolled at the College Station campus for fall 2020 semester; and whose undergraduate/graduate degree will not be completed prior to December 2020
- Be in good academic standing, with a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA, and good disciplinary standing
Desired characteristics of Hullabaloo U Peer Mentors
- Capable of relating to and developing classroom rapport with a diverse group of students
- Genuine interest in mentoring new students
- Ability to demonstrate vulnerability as it relates to sharing helpful insight to the first year experience
- Awareness of involvement opportunities, campus resources, and student-support services
Peer Mentor Requirements and Commitments
- Demonstrate the Aggie Core Values (Respect, Excellence, Leadership, Loyalty, Integrity, and Selfless-Service) and uphold the Aggie Honor Code
- Develop rapport and a safe relationship with new students
- Assist individual students as needed, including following up with students who miss class and making referrals to appropriate resources for issues that are beyond your scope of expertise
- Meet 1-1 with each student in your section at least once in the semester
- Meet weekly with your Instructor to coordinate and plan course components
- Collaborate with your Instructor to create a learning contract related to your experience that provides you with developmental opportunities within the classroom and fulfills your goals as a peer mentor.
- Assist in student recruitment and tabling efforts for Hullabaloo U and the Office for Student Success
- Commit to serving as a Peer Mentor for fall 2020 in a 0-credit hour transition to college course. Sections are composed of no more than 25 students and meet weekly for 50 minutes. Section times will be assigned based on your availability once you have registered for the fall semester.
- Attend required training workshops. Peer Mentor training will consist of one day of training in the spring. Multiple date options will be offered and you must only choose to attend ONE of each:
- Spring: Saturday, April 25, Saturday, May 2, OR Thursday, May 7 from 10 am - 4 pm
- Commit to working 3-4 hours per week in the Fall 2020
Peer Mentor Recommendation Form
If you know a student that would be an excellent fit for this role, please feel free to fill out our peer mentor recommendation form so that we can reach out to the student and encourage them to apply.
Any questions about peer mentors can be directed to Kayleigh Campbell at firstname.lastname@example.org
or by calling 979.458.6117.