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First Year Guides

The First-Year Guide is an upper-class mentor assigned to assist first year students with transition to college during the first eight weeks of school. First Year Guides serve as a role model, resource, and university ambassador within the Housing and Residence Life support network. Individual attention is given regarding academic success, campus involvement, community building, living with a roommate, etc. First-Year Guides maintain a high level of communication and interaction with students in the residence halls and at campus activities. The skills learned in this position include:

  • Learn about the needs of first-year students and how important
    addressing those needs is to a student's successful transition to
    college life.
  • Learn the importance of creating social networks and working together
    as a team.
  • Develop the skills to empower others through involvement.
  • Learn to bring people together in a community that recognizes
    individual differences and talents.
  • Gain knowledge of university and community resources.
  • Develop an understanding of the responsibilities associated with a job
  • Gain experience working with a diverse student population.
  • Develop and enhance interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Develop specialized skills necessary to provide quality customer

Why become a First-Year Guide?

  • Great Campus Leadership Experience
  • Opportunity to help others transition to college life
  • $7.40 hr.

What are the qualifications to become a First-Year Guide?

  • Strong desire to work with first-year students
  • Ability to work independently
  • Effective individual and group communication skills
  • High level of University of Louisville pride
  • Knowledge of University and Housing and Residence Life policies
  • Enrolled as a full-time student at U of L with sophomore status (30+ credits) which will be verified prior to employment.
  • Good judicial standing
  • 2.5 Grade Point Average

What will I do as a First-Year Guide?

  • Establish relationships with first-year residents
  • Encourage interactions among residents
  • Maintain high visibility on the floor; be approachable and receptive
  • Meet individually with each assigned resident
  • Identify and respond to students needing extra assistance
  • Connect residents with campus resources
  • Aid in the development of community standards and an environment inclusive of the diverse background of residents
  • Attend community meetings and programs
  • Communicate regularly with residents and Housing & Residence Life staff
  • Successfully complete all Residence Life student staff training sessions
  • Participate in Move-In Day and Welcome Weekend activities
  • Write welcome and mid-term letters to residents
  • Attend weekly meetings Sundays from 4:00-5:00pm
  • Spend at least one hour each day with students in the residence halls
  • Complete weekly reports and other paperwork in a timely manner
  • Support University and Housing & Residence Life policies and procedures
  • Abide by the Housing and Residence Life Code of Ethics
  • Actively support other members of the Housing and Residence Life team
  • Maintain a positive attitude

How long does the program last?

  • First-Year Guides are employed from early August through early October
  • Where can I get an application?
  • Stop by the Housing Office in West Hall
  • Download a copy and fill it out. Adobe PDF Microsoft Word

Who can I talk to if I have a question?

Contact information: Ashley Hazen, Email:, Phone: 502-854-9042, Office: Miller 143 B


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