Peer Mentor Program

Peer Mentor Role

The First-Year Connections Peer Mentor program is structured to aid the transition of new students to Tennessee Tech University by connecting them with upperclassmen who will serve as a role model, mentor, guide, and resource. Peer Mentors assist new students through the use of their knowledge and experience on campus, in collaboration with the support of First-Year Connections instructors, to navigate different challenges experienced during the first year of college.

Peer Mentors are appointed with First-Year Connections instructors to help facilitate classroom lectures, assignments, and events. Peer Mentors will also meet with their students outside of the classroom by attending campus events and fostering weekly meetings to develop trust, a support system, and friendships with their students.

During their appointment, Peer Mentors attend their First-Year Connections class meetings to work with instructors in assisting students with the program's required curriculum. This may include exposing students to campus resources to support academic success; influencing students to seek opportunities for involvement within campus organizations or academic honor societies; learning a sense of Tech Pride and tradition; dealing with anxieties, stress, or time management issues; learning to develop a budget; explore majors or careers to determine interests; and many more topics.

Benefits

If selected as a Peer Mentor you will:

  • Gain leadership experience working with peers and new students.
  • Learn about resources available to students which benefit new students and yourself.
  • Actively participate in Tennessee Tech's campus community.
  • Develop and foster relationships with university faculty and staff.
  • Create the possibility for future campus leadership opportunities.

How to Apply

We accept student applicants from all majors and disciplines. We are looking for any upperclassman who is:

  • Energetic and enthusiastic about Tennessee Tech
  • Ethical and professional
  • Actively involved in the campus community
  • Attend both mandatory training sessions:
    • Tuesday, August 20 from 9:00am - noon
    • Wednesday, August 21 from 9:00am - noon
  • Eligible to attend out of class events with new students:
    • University Convocation - August 23 from 2:30pm to 4:00pm
    • Tech Football Game & "Running of the Freshmen" - Saturday, September 14 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm
    • Additional events TBA during training
  • Confident and dedicated to supporting the success of new students
  • Able to speak in front of a classroom of peers
  • Comfortable leading difficult conversations and navigating challenges
  • Empathetic and helpful

If you are interested in applying to be a First-Year Connections Peer Mentor, please complete the online application.

Fall 2019 Peer Mentor Application