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
    Email Ashley
    502-854-9042, Office: Miller 143 B