Peer Advisor Team 2017

Peer Advisors

The Peer Advisor program—part of New Student Programs within our Office of Academic and Advising Services—is a volunteer student leadership position where sophomore, junior, and senior students assist new students in their transition to Mercer. Peer Advisors (PAs) help to facilitate our summer orientation programs, fall orientation program (Bear Beginnings), and the UNV 101 fall semester classroom experience. PAs offer a peer perspective and act as a friend, role model, mentor, guide, and support to new students.

Commitment to Service

The PA position is a year-long volunteer commitment to serving new students. The PA commitment begins with PA selection in early-spring and ends with Academic and Advising Services spring programming for the first-year and transfer students the following year.
 

February & March

  • Apply for the PA position for the upcoming summer and school year.
  • Applicants must be in good academic and judicial standing with the University and hold a suggested 2.75 cumulative GPA.

April

  • Attend the PA Spring Training and solidify Summer Orientation commitments.
  • Communicate Summer Orientation and PA Training commitments to summer employers and internship supervisors, if necessary.
  • Submit fall course schedule to provide Orientation Head Staff with necessary information to assign a fall UNV section.
  • Volunteer to help with May Orientation for new students beginning during the summer term.
  • If selected for the PA team, maintain a suggested 2.75 GPA, both on a cumulative and semesterly basis.
  • Remain in good academic and judicial standing with the University.

June

  • Assist with a suggested two of the five Summer Orientation sessions. Note: It is your responsibility to communicate your Summer Orientation session commitments to summer employers and internship supervisors so you can fulfill your Summer Orientation responsiblities for which you volunteered.
  • Attend the half-day PA Training prior to each of your Summer Orientation sessions.

August

  • Volunteer to assist with Transfer Orientation, if available.
  • Attend the week-long PA Training prior to the start of Bear Beginnings.
  • Implement Bear Beginnings and assist first-year students in their transition to Mercer.

Fall Semester

  • Co-faciliate a 75-minute UNV 101 class alongside the instructor.
  • Attend weekly UNV planning meetings with instructor to prepare for upcoming lessons.
  • Promote and assist with First-Year Friday Workshops.
  • Support first-year students throughout their first semester of college.
  • If a first-year PA, enroll in UNV 201 during the fall semester. This 2-credit courses meets weekly to provide support to new PAs as they interact with and learn alongside their O-Groupers.
  • Plan out-of-class activities for O-Groupers to aid in their transition to Mercer.
  • Assist with spring course registration by being available for questions during the first-year registration time frame.

Spring Semester

  • Volunteer with Spring Orientation for new students beginning in the spring semester, if available.
  • Assist with the implementation of spring programming initiatives for first-year students.

PA Application Process:
2018-2019 Peer Advisor Application launches February 23, 2018.

Peer Advisors are selected each spring for service during the upcoming academic year. Each year, we seek to select the best candidates for the position, regardless of race, national origin, ability, veteran status, gender, sexual orientation, age, or religion.
 
Please note: If you are participating in Mercer on Mission or an internship during the summer (and it conflicts with Summer Orientation requirements), you may still apply to be a PA. Participation in a summer Mercer on Mission or internship experience is NOT grounds for automatic disqualification from the PA application process; however, candidate availability will be considered when building our larger PA team to adequately support our Summer Orientation program needs.

New PA Application Process

For any student who has not previously served on the Peer Advisor Team.

All materials due Monday, March 12, at 11:59 p.m.

New applicants must submit ALL application materials (listed below) by the given deadline to be considered for the position:

All completed New PA applications will be reviewed for Round 2 consideration of the application process. Students will be notified of their application status via e-mail. Those continuing to Round 2 of the application process will schedule a short interview with the Office of Academic and Advising Services between Friday, March 16-Wednesday, March 21. The 2018-2019 PA team will be selected and notified during the first week in April 2018.

Returner PA Application Process

For any student who has previously served at least one year on the Peer Advisor Team.

All materials due Monday, March 12, at 11:59 p.m.

The decision to rehire a Peer Advisor is based upon the quality and depth of the Returner Application, being in good standing with New Student Programs and the University, ability to fulfill PA commitments, and earning a 'Satisfactory' grade in UNV 201. Returning PA applicants must submit ALL application materials (listed below) by the given deadline to be considered for the position:

All completed Returner PA applications will be reviewed alongside New PA applications as we shape our larger PA team and seek to adequately support our Summer Orientation program needs. The 2018-2019 PA team will be selected and notified during the first week in April 2018.