2013-2014 Transfer Student Mentor Information and Application
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What is a Transfer Student Mentor?
Transfer Student Mentors (TSMs) are an integral component of the WTAMU team. They serve as academic and social role models for transfer students, sharing their own successes and setbacks in developing study habits, taking advantage of campus resources, managing their time, and navigating the campus. TSMs will take on the role of small group leaders during Transfer Student Orientations and will work to develop good rapport with transfer students, as they are often the first members of the instructional team to whom new and prospective students confide their fears and uncertainties. We select exceptional students who give evidence of interpersonal and intellectual skills. Essential functions of this position include the ability to communicate effectively to groups, relate to others, and exhibit appropriate dedication to academic and campus life.
Transfer Student Mentors are charged with the mission of guiding transfer students to success. TSM’s will purposefully help transfer students:
- Connect with what motivates students – relationships and career information
- Paint a clear picture of their education and career journey
- Outline the skills necessary to be successful at college and in the workplace
- Give a clear overview of the academic program, culture, and expectations
- Convey enthusiasm and spirit for the University
- Provide supportive student success resources
- Strengthen college success and self-management skills
- Build relationships with faculty and students in a program group
Requirements and Expectations of Transfer Student Mentors
Requirements to be a Transfer Student Mentor
- Undergraduate student at WTAMU
- Familiarity with the transfer student process and experience at WTAMU
- Good academic standing
- Good judicial standing with the university
Characteristics of qualified Transfer Student Mentors
- Willingness to help students with personal concerns
- Value cultural and personal diversity
- Passion for WTAMU, students, faculty, staff, and extracurricular events
- Ability to function effectively in a team environment
- Ability to prioritize multiple tasks and responsibilities
- Communicates effectively verbally and in writing
- Interact through various technologies
Participation Required of Transfer Student Mentors
- Transfer Student Orientation
- Friday, November 8, 2013
- Friday, April 4, 2014
- Friday, May 16, 2014
- Combination New Student Orientation/Transfer Student Orientation
- Thursday, August 22, 2013
- Friday, January 10, 2014
- Mandatory Trainings/Meetings
- August 19-21, 2013
- 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month
- Responsible for support of transfer students including, but not limited to:
- Communication with prospective and current transfer students via face-to-face interaction, phone, and email
- Updates to WTAMU Transfer Services Facebook page and WTAMU Transfer Services blog
- Development and support of transfer welcome programs and transfer student organizations
- Community college visits
- Weekly office hours (2 hours per week) in Transfer Services
- Additional duties as assigned
TSMs will obtain personal development and master skill sets from various areas not limited to the following:
- Clearly and accurately convey university information to a diverse audience
- Identify and recommend appropriate campus resources, services and strategies for success
- Demonstrate effective interpersonal skills and the ability to facilitate a group
- Be sensitive to and value different cultures
- Exhibit an appreciation and respect for diversity
- Recognize the importance of personal and career development
- Develop meaningful relationships with others
- Think critically and exhibit problem-solving skills
In addition to the educational benefits each TSM will receive a stipend of $1000 to be divided and paid out over the course of the internship starting in May. Additional compensation may be available commensurate with additional assignments and responsibilities.
Application and Selection Process Interested students must submit an application, attend a mandatory interview, and meet the minimum qualifications.
Applications are due by 5pm Wednesday, April 3, 2013. Applications not submitted by the application deadline will not be considered for selection and applicant is not eligible to participate in the interview process. Interviews are scheduled for Thursday and Friday, April 11 and 12.
Applicants should sign up for preference of interview time outside of the Transfer Services Office (JBK 133).
Attire for the interview is khakis, jeans or pants, polo shirt, and casual shoes or sneakers.