PA Application Information
How to Apply
The Peer Adviser application is now live! We are excited you are considering applying to be a 2020-2021 Peer Adviser. The PA application will close Monday, January 27 at 11:59 PM. Before you begin your application, please make sure you have reviewed the position and important dates.
The Peer Adviser application is now open. The application includes three essay questions and the submission of a 30-60 second video explaining why you would be a good PA.
- Why is the Peer Adviser position important to the new student experience?
- What are 3 pieces of advice that a Peer Adviser can share with their new students?
- Peer Advisers participate in trainings that encourage self-reflection across many topics, including your identities, first year transition, and facilitating across difference. This self-reflection and learning takes place effectively when all members of the group are willing to engage and listen actively. Reflect on a time you engaged with a person or a group who you did not share many identities, beliefs, or experiences with. Please include what was challenging, what you learned about yourself, and how this experience prepares you for the Peer Adviser role.
We encourage you to save a word document with your responses.
Applicants selected to continue will participate in our group interview process.
The PA interview process includes two group activities and an individual interview. You will be asked to select three times from the list below that you are available for while completing your Peer Adviser Application. If chosen to participate in an interview, you will be assigned to one of the 3 times you select. Interviews last the full 2.5 hours.
Please ensure that you are available for all 3 times selected and that you remain available for those times until you are notified on Thursday, February 10 by 7:00 pm.
- Thursday, February 13, 6-8:30 pm
- Saturday, February 15, 9:45-12:15 pm
- Saturday, February 15, 1:15-3:45 pm
- Saturday, February 15, 4:30-7:00 pm
- Sunday, February 16, 9:45-12:15 pm
- Sunday, February 16, 1:15-3:45 pm
- Sunday, February 16, 4:30-7:00 pm
- Monday, February 17, 6-8:30 pm
- Wednesday, February 19, 6-8:30 pm
- Thursday, February 20, 6-8:30 pm
Final selections will be communicated by Friday, March 6.
PA Position Restrictions
- Those who serve as a CATalyst Facilitator, a Resident Assistant (RA), or a Family Ambassador are not able to serve as a PA.
- If you plan to study abroad/be off campus spring 2020 or fall 2020, you are not able to fulfill the PA role.
- If you are a McCormick student planning to be off-campus during winter 2021, you are not able to fulfill the PA role due to the PRDV seminar facilitated by McCormick PAs.
- If you are planning to live in a residence hall in 2020-2021, you will be allowed to move in early. If you are a member of a fraternity/sorority planning to live in the house for fall 2020 it is your responsibility to secure early move-in approval from your house as soon as possible. If you are not able to move in early, it is your responsibility to find alternate early move-in housing. NSFP will not be able to provide early housing for any PA not living in a residence hall or residential college.
- Peer Advisers must have no other duties or activities during Wildcat Welcome other than those of the PA nor are they allowed to recruit for other student organizations. This includes activities occurring during Wildcat Welcome such as A Cappella Fest, Rhythm Nation, etc.
- New Student and Family Programs staff must follow a strict alcohol policy to ensure focus is kept on the transition and well-being of the new students rather than social events.