Make a Difference: Be an FYE Mentor
“Being an FYE mentor is the best decision I've ever made. I've learned how much I have to offer, gained confidence, and grown so much personally. I've learned to value everyone and how I can take something positive away from everyone.” ~ Allie Coneys, FYE Peer Mentor, Physiology & Neurobiology (PNB) Class of 2017
You can make a difference in the lives of next year’s first-year UConn students, gain course credit, and grow as a leader by applying to be an FYE Peer Mentor.
Peer Mentors are specially selected UConn students from across the University’s schools and colleges ranging in class rank from Sophomores to Seniors. These students are given a unique opportunity to mentor an FYE class with a faculty or staff member.
Mentors play key roles in assisting first-year students with the transition to UConn. As FYE mentors, students gain leadership, teaching, communication, peer counseling, planning, and presentation skills. Mentors work cooperatively with instructors to serve as role models for first-year students. Potential FYE Mentors should be genuinely concerned with needs of new students and actively seek to aid them with their successful transition to the University. Mentors should be proactive in helping direct students to different opportunities and resources on campus. Above all they should serve as a “peer” resource that the students feel comfortable approaching at any time with questions or concerns.
- Attend assigned UNIV 1800, 1810, 1820, or 3820 FYE class each week
- Attend and actively participate in the EPSY 3020 class
- Complete all associated EPSY 3020 assignments
- Meet weekly with instructor to plan and coordinate class topics and activities
- Connect students with resources
- Listen to student issues and meet with them one-on-one
- Lead students during in-class activities and help coordinate out-of-class activities
- Respond to student e-mails
- Check over and keep track of student assignments
- Help with HuskyCT and manage a personal tab to post resources for the students
- Present topics and lead discussions relevant to first-year students
- Earn 3 academic credits in EPSY 3020 and build your resume
- Gain leadership, teaching, communication, peer counseling, planning, and presentation skills
- Meet other mentors and students at UConn who share a similar leadership role
- Connect and work closely with a faculty or staff member
In order to be an FYE Mentor, you must:
- Have a minimum GPA of 2.5
- Enroll in the three-credit fall semester EPSY 3020 Peer Education course
- Attend mandatory two-day summer training in August
- Demonstrate pride in UConn and ability to share experiences with others
- Conduct yourself in a professional manner when representing the University
- Communicate effectively with first-year students
Applications are a multi-step process comprised of a written application, an in-person group interview, and a program contract. Those selected to be mentors will be notified of their acceptance in April and placed in a course section that works with their schedule for the following fall semester.