Loyola University Chicago

First and Second Year Advising

Student Academic Services

Become a Peer Advisor

 

Peer Advising is an on-campus, part-time position that allows Loyola and transfer students the leadership opportunity to make connections with and support first-year students. This position begins with training in April 2019 and runs until the end of the fall 2019 semester. The duties of a Peer Advisor include, but are not limited to, preparing for and assisting with University 101/201 courses, being a resource for first-year students in and out of the classroom, and building community within the larger Peer Advising staff.

 

Why become a Peer Advisor?

What qualifications are needed to apply?

What is the process for applying?

Still not convinced enough to apply?

 

Why become a Peer Advisor?

  • Make connections with first-year students and other student workers
  • Develop transferable professional skills
  • Gain leadership experience and use leadership traits
  • Learn how to facilitate conversations on first-year transition issues
  • Travel to LUREC for fall training session

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What qualifications are needed to apply?

  • Sophomore standing after the spring 2019 semester with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills.
  • Committed to Loyola’s mission and supporting new students
  • Ability to understand and follow specific instructions and procedures.

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What is the process for applying?

1. You MUST attend an info session to apply; these sessions will last no longer than 45 minutes. Dates are as follows:

Tuesday Nov. 13 at 7pm – IES 123

Monday Dec. 3 at 6pm – Galvin

Thursday Dec. 6 at 12pm – Mundelein 1410

Thursday, Jan 17 at 6pm – LSB 142

Wednesday, Jan 23 at 6pm – LSB 142

2. Complete an application on RamblerLink, and submit a resume and cover letter. IMPORTANT: You must get your resume approved by the Career Development Center before you can officially submit your application (read more here). Applications are live on Tuesday, November 13 and due on Sunday, January 27 @ 11:59pm. Application available here on Nov. 13.

3. If invited, attend a first round interview during the week of February 8-14.

4. If invited, attend a second round of interviews during week of February 20-26.

5. Offers are sent out between February 27-March 1.

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Still not convinced enough to apply? Hear from some current PAs about why they love their job and what they’ve learned along the way!

Class of 2021, Political Science Major and Sociolegal Studies Minor

What is the best part about being a Peer Advisor?

“I am able to offer my authentic experience when it comes to deciding a major, classes, and using campus resources.”

 

What transferable skills have you learned from being a Peer Advisor?

“Communication and organization skills… the skill of being organized is one I have struggled with, however, being a Peer Advisor calls you to be well organized, due to the duties you are required to do.”

 

What is it like working with First Year students?

“Fun and an honor...my goal was to help students feel comfortable at Loyola as students and themselves and with this position, I feel that I have accomplished that. Every week... I feel a better connection with my students and am able to see how much they have grown.”

 

What have you learned about yourself since starting this position?

“I have learned that I am more versatile than I give myself credit for… I have become more willing to lead discussions, facilitate new topics, and be vulnerable about previous experiences.”

 

What qualities are needed in being a Peer Advisor?

“Some qualities needed to be a Peer Advisor are being open-minded, encouraging,

honest, and overall, yourself.”

 

What one piece of advice would you give to a new Peer Advisor?

“Be the individual who was hired for the position; the FSYA staff saw something special in you and your students [will] see it too!”

Class of 2021, Psychology Major and Spanish Minor

What is the best part about being a Peer Advisor?

“[T]he ability to see and participate in the growth of others… More than that I encourage and take part in [the first-year] transition, which has been an incredible and priceless opportunity.”

 

What transferable skills have you learned from being a Peer Advisor?

“[Creating] a comfortable environment… In doing that, I have built the skills to have confidence and be comfortable with being myself.”

 

What is it like working with a large staff of other student workers?

“I learned early on through my amazing coworkers, and now friends, that each individual brings something unique and valuable to each experience and there is not one single type of person that best fits this position. All people of all different backgrounds are equally valuable and essential.”

 

What is it like working with First Year students?

“[A] blessing and a challenge...I get to relive my nervousness and wonder at being a new college student, but it is also challenging because there are many situations that you cannot prepare for.”

 

What have you learned about yourself since starting this position?

“Everyone has a unique perspective and learning how others see the world has made a huge impact on my life.”

 

What one piece of advice would you give to a new Peer Advisor?

“I would say do not stress and just enjoy the ride. Coming in to the position I had some serious anxiety about whether or not my First Year Students and the other PAs would like me.. The stress was time wasted though because I have enjoyed every aspect of being a PA. “

Class of 2021, Political Science Major and Sociolegal Studies Minor

What is the best part about being a Peer Advisor?

“I love interacting with my students in class and being a part of the large community of student workers. I look forward to both in my weekly routine.”

 

What transferable skills have you learned from being a Peer Advisor?

“I’ve honed in on my presentation skills, working on being able to distill a complex or even alien subject to first year students in a concise way... Moreover, the interpersonal skills that you gain as a Peer Advisor are easily transferable to any field.”

 

What is it like working with a large staff of other student workers?

“I love being a part of an expansive community of student workers focused on the first year experience. These are highly dedicated students who are generous, well-rounded and, most importantly, infinitely capable: the traits that are exemplary of Loyola’s mission.”

 

What is it like working with First Year students?

“[I]t’s awesome to relate directly to my students’ experiences that I had last year: things like the first day of classes, the first set of exams, or even being far away from home since I’m from out of state. It’s very special to be able...to cultivate solidarity with my students.”

 

What qualities are needed in being a Peer Advisor?

“A Peer Advisor should be willing to be adaptable and accepting in order to be successful… [T]he PA should be a strong support for [the first-year student] and be willing to hear their honest concerns because they were once in the same position and truly no different.”

 

What one piece of advice would you give to a new Peer Advisor?

“[T]o be vulnerable and not get caught up with the position’s expectation of you. To be vulnerable is to admit your mistakes and share your truest self.”

Class of 2020, Secondary Education and History Major

What is the best part about being a Peer Advisor?

“I think the best part about being a Peer Advisor is building relationships with first year students. I teach UNIV classes that are for first year students who are in a mentorship program which [supports] first generation and/or students of color... I take pride in the fact that I can be a resource to my students. But I also gain so much by having critical conversations with them.”

 

What transferable skills have you learned from being a Peer Advisor?

“I've...learned a lot about being professional, collaborative and communicative as a Peer Advisor.”

 

What is it like working with First Year students?

“Despite this being a stressful time, I have gotten to see how resilient, resourceful, and joyful first year students are. It's wonderful to see how students progress throughout the semester.... It's an even better feeling knowing that you might have had a hand in that growth.”

 

What have you learned about yourself since starting this position?

“I've learned that I love interacting and building relationships with people: my students, my advisors, and my fellow PA's.”

 

What qualities are needed in being a Peer Advisor?

“A peer advisor needs to constantly have the wellbeing of students in mind. You need to consider students' mental, emotional, physical, and academic wellbeing and support the whole student. I also think a peer advisor should be fun, open, and engaging.”

 

What one piece of advice would you give to a new Peer Advisor?

“Students have so much to learn from UNIV, their instructors, and from us. But we also have a lot to learn from students and their experiences.”