First Year Guide
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
Phone: 502-854-9042, Office: Miller 143 B