What is a Peer Mentor?

Peer Mentors are current and/or future FIU student leaders who assist First Year Experience instructors in a given semester. The main objective for a Peer Mentor is to help guide students throughout their first semester in college by sharing their personal experiences as a new student. Peer Mentors are utilized as a great resource for students and many times facilitate discussions on specific topics in the course.

What do we look for in a Peer Mentor?

  • Someone who is responsible and takes the initiative to help others
  • A role model to their fellow peers
  • A student who is energetic and shows pride in FIU
  • Someone who has a positive attitude and is helpful inside and outside of the classroom

As a peer mentor, you may expect to assist first-year students with some of the following:

  • Transitioning to college
  • Making friends and fitting in 
  • Working through homesickness
  • Eating alone
  • Public transportation
  • Being responsible
  • Eating healthy
  • Time management
  • Talking with their advisor
  • Doing well academically
  • Affordability and budgeting
  • Life skills – laundry, cooking, etc.
  • Getting sick
  • Parking/commuting

Responsibilities as a Peer Mentor:

  • Attend Peer Mentor Trainings
  • Lead group activities to create bonds and relationships between students in the First Year Experience course
  • Meet and get to know the professor they are assisting once they are assigned
  • Attend all of their class meetings
  • Develop creative icebreakers and team builders to have the class interact with each other
  • Support the Peer Mentor program by attending our events
  • Co-facilitate discussions and activities with their instructor
  • Be positive and have fun with our new Panthers!

Minimum Requirements:

  • Current enrolled degree-seeking undergraduate student
  • Completed 1 year or more at FIU
  • Cumulative 2.5 GPA or above

What is the time commitment for Peer Mentors?

  • Mandatory one day training before Summer B or Fall (dates to be discussed in interviews)
  • Attend each First Year Experience class you are assigned. This schedule varies depending on Summer B, Fall, or Spring semesters
  • Class preparation meetings with the instructor (weekly meetings are recommended but not required)
  • Spend quality time with assigned students outside of the classroom (e.g., meet for lunch and attend FIU events)

What do Peer Mentors gain?

The Peer Mentor position is a volunteer leadership position. There is no monetary compensation. However, Peer Mentors benefit from this position by:

  • Building connections with new students, faculty, and
  • Exploring your interests, strengthening your leadership skills
  • Opportunity to participate in professional development opportunities such as workshops
  • Priority registration for classes

Ready to Take the Next Step?

Apply now to become a Peer Mentor!

Become a Peer Mentor

Create a memorable college experience by participating in the Peer Mentor program. 
Apply today!

Peer Mentor Program MMC
Modesto A. Maidique 
11200 SW 8th Street, GC 267 Miami, FL 33199
Email:  peermentor@fiu.edu
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