Transfer student mentors are undergraduate students who have successfully transferred to NIU and are now volunteering to help others. As a mentor, you will assist new transfer students in navigating the campus and NIU’s resources, gaining valuable experience for your future career.
Graduate Student Leaders help implement the curriculum in the university experience class (UNIV), facilitate class discussions and apply student development theory to practice in a first-year classroom. This is a volunteer position open to select graduate students who meet the qualifications.
To be eligible to become a graduate leader, you must have:
A Graduate School cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.
A demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with a class of first-year students.
Weekly availability of 4-5 hours for UNIV teaching responsibilities in the fall semester.
Preference will be given to graduate students pursuing a degree in Counseling, Adult and Higher Education.
University Experience (UNIV) educators are current members of the NIU faculty or staff. In addition to completing an application, all applicants must attend all educator development trainings, workshops and conferences to be considered to be a UNIV Educator.
Faculty and staff mentors meet with new students in a semi-formal setting outside the classroom. As a mentor, you will help first-year students transition into a college setting and assist them with academic and personal questions.
Student-faculty mentoring objectives:
Build a professional relationship with students so that they feel that there is someone on campus who cares about their success.
Assist students in adjusting to life on campus.
Foster student retention by creating an atmosphere where students and staff/faculty fill supportive roles.
Assist students in finding both on and off-campus support services, as appropriate.
Every effort will be made to accommodate mentor preferences when being matched with student-mentees.