The FYS course includes peer mentors in the form of Austin College students who function as leaders within the First Year Seminar. These students are hand selected by each faculty member and provide the “insider’s view” to life at the College.
These peer mentors participate as active members of each course, bridging the gap between student and faculty member and providing useful information, guidance, and support to our newest 'Roos.
Here's what some previous peer mentors have to say about their experiences:
"I loved getting to help the new freshmen transition into college life to help them get through their first semester."
"I enjoyed continuing to foster the relationships I built with the FYS students and learning from the professor I was working with."
"Being able to establish a strong interpersonal relationship with my peers by offering advice to make sure their college experience was the best for them was what made the experience worthwhile."
"The best part was feeling like I could really help the students navigate better in their transition from high school to college life, especially in academics."
Meet your 2021 Peer Mentor Ambassadors!
Graduation Year: 2023 Hometown: San Antonio Major/Minor: Creative Writing and Communication double major What did you most enjoy about being a peer mentor in Fall 2020? “To meet our bright first year students and see how they found their place at Austin College as they grew. It was fun to see how they bonded with… [Read More]
Graduation Year: 2023 Hometown: London / Irving, TX Major/Minor: French and History What did you enjoy most about being a peer mentor in fall 2020? “I really enjoyed getting to know the new freshman, guiding them on their courses, giving advice about what to get involved in at college and being the one they knew they could… [Read More]
Graduation Year: 2022 Hometown: Fort Worth Major/Minor: Double major in Biology with emphasis on molecular/ cellular and Spanish What did you enjoy most about being a peer mentor in fall 2020? “I enjoyed being a resource for first-year students because it was an even harder than normal for them to become accustomed to being a… [Read More]
Hometown: Plano, TX Major/Minor: Public Health, East Asian Studies/Business Studies What did you enjoy most about being a peer mentor in fall 2020? “I loved being able to help new Austin College students get adjusted to the environment and provide a safe and comfortable environment for them. Why did you want to be a peer… [Read More]