Our orientation staff is comprised of a combination of friendly and caring students and staff. They’ll be some of the first people to welcome you to our Blue Jay family. These Etown enthusiasts are here to help you make the transition to college and answer any questions you have along the way.
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Peer Mentors? FYS? We’ll help you learn our terminology, so you can begin your orientation journey.
What Are Peer Mentors?
Elizabethtown College’s peer mentor program is comprised of nearly 80 upperclassman students, extensively trained to help you with the transition from high school to college life. Your Peer Mentors will guide you through orientation. These outstanding student leaders will provide information and support as you begin your college adventure as Blue Jay. They’ll show you around the Marketplace (our cafeteria), help you navigate to your classes and give you helpful college tips.
How And When Will I Meet My Peer Mentors?
Two peer mentors are assigned to work with each first-year seminar class and with transfer students. You will meet your peer mentors briefly at Summer Orientation and again at the start of Fall Orientation. Peer Mentors will attend all orientation activities with you. They will also participate in FYS events with your class throughout the duration of the fall semester.
What Is First-Year Seminar & How Do I Sign-Up?
First-Year seminars, commonly referred to as FYS, are capped at 16 students each, allow you to embark on a common learning experience with others in your incoming class. As part of your orientation paperwork, you'll select your top 10 choices of First-Year Seminar course options from a list of usually more than 30 courses. If you’ve been accepted to our Honors Program, you will make your selections from a list of Honors FYS options. Remember to submit your paperwork early! Most students who submit their preferences on time receive one of their top three choices!
Peer Mentor Application & Referrals
The success of our Peer Mentor program depends on outstanding Blue Jays who are willing to volunteer their time to welcome incoming students to our nest. Candidates for our Peer Mentor program must go through an application process. Those who are selected must undergo training, and they are expected to attend Summer Orientation and Fall Orientation. They must also commit time to their peer students throughout the entire fall semester.
Want to be a peer mentor?
We invite you to participate in this rewarding experience. Share your Blue Jay pride and college expertise by applying to become a Peer Mentor. Attend an information session and find out more about becoming a Peer Mentor, then submit your application by February 2, 2018.