2014 Transfer Student Peer Advisor Application

Transfer Student Peer Advisors (TSPAs) serve as resources for incoming transfer students who are making the transition from their previous institution to the diverse academic, intellectual and social culture of the University. As TSPAs, students serve as initial contacts for newly admitted students, assist with the implementation of orientation and Fall Transfer Welcome Week programs, and provide general support for their group of advisees throughout the fall semester (and into the spring semester if possible) through regular emails, calls and small group activities.

Selection to the TSPA team is a unique honor and a rewarding opportunity for personal and professional growth. As such, TSPAs must be enthusiastic, approachable, knowledgeable about University resources and genuinely interested in helping others. They must also be able to work with others from a wide variety of backgrounds. TSPAs must be in good academic and disciplinary standing with the University. It is also not required that TSPAs be transfer students at the University. Everyone is welcome to apply!

    Responsibilities of a Transfer Student Peer Advisor

    • Serve as a primary point of contact for new transfer students and provide general support to advisees by answering questions about social and academic aspects of University life • Facilitate new students’ introduction to the University by maintaining an open, helpful attitude and using effective communication techniques • Promote interaction among new students during small group discussions, icebreakers, and planned programs sponsored by the Office of Orientation and New Student Programs • Attend all training sessions: Saturday, March 22 (11.00AM - 3.30PM), Friday, April 4 (4 – 6PM) and tentatively Friday, April 18 (4 – 6PM). • Attend and actively participate in committee meetings and activities • Write one postcard and at least two emails to each transfer student in your assigned group over the summer and respond to all queries throughout the summer. • Answer questions via email that your advisees might have following Transfer Student Orientation (July 21/July 22) • Attend all Fall Transfer Welcome Week events (starting Saturday, August 23) • Participate in and actively promote transfer events throughout the fall semester • Maintain consistent contact with the ONSP office and your advisees throughout the fall semester and into the spring semester

    Application Timeline

    Application deadline | Monday, February 24th, by 4:00 p.m. Instructions to sign up for an interview | Emailed out February 25th Interview sign-ups | Wednesday, February 26th – Friday, February 28th Interviews | Monday, March 3th – Wednesday, March 5th Selection announcement | Monday, March 17th Deadline to accept the position | March 19th
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