Peer mentors are upper-classmen employed by either the Millersville University’s Department of Housing and Residential Programs or by the academic department offering the seminar. As such, the peer mentors are trained to foster a positive living-learning community for first-year students. A peer mentor attends the seminar with the first-year student and may live in the same residence hall. This allows the peer mentor to encourage students to integrate in-class instruction with out-of-class experiences.
Beyond the classroom, peer mentors help first-year students transition from home to campus. This is achieved in several ways. The peer mentor helps with the development of basic life skills; facilitates fun extra-curricular activities that enable first-year students to make friends; encourages student participation in volunteer activities to further enhance learning and civic responsibility; and acts as a liaison between first-year students and faculty/the university to ensure each student receives the appropriate services to enhance learning and quality of life.
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