The Road To Becoming A Peer Leader

I recently applied for a great leadership opportunity: becoming a peer leader to guide freshmen during their orientation days in college. Usually, a learning community is assigned a pair of peer leaders for an introduction to Wagner College. They are people to look up to and to go to when there is anything you need. Most of the time, the freshmen develop a special friendship with their peer leaders since they are the first connection they have with a Wagner student.

Peer Leaders '12

Peer Leaders '12

You can become a peer leader starting your sophomore year, and like all other positions, you have to apply for the job. It all begins with CCP (Co-Curricular Programs) sending emails a few weeks before the applications are due. I filled out an application with basic information and some open-ended questions. Along with the application, two character reference letters must be submitted by two different Wagner faculty workers. Obvious as it is, it is recommended that you find Wagner staff or professors who know you really well and would write a positive recommendation letter for you. Seeking out a professor that you have friction with is not a good idea. Once I had all of this, I submitted it and then waited until the group processing day.

The group processing day is usually on a Saturday and it takes up most of the day. We were required to be checked in by 8:30 a.m. and be dressed in business casual, so as you can imagine, we all had to wake up early to get ready. It was amusing seeing the early faces of all the applicants — even mine was very funny, but we were all committed and on time. After being checked-in, we were separated into groups and the group activities began. After three hours of doing these activities we broke for lunch and got to relax, and all the candidates got to meet one another more properly.

Peer leaders and their learning community.

Peer leaders and their learning community.

After lunch, the individual interviews began in different rooms and at different times. While we were all waiting for our interview to come up, we sat in a room and kept bonding with one another. Finally, it was my turn to go. I was really nervous, as usual, but everyone was so nice and positive so I was able to calm down. By the end of the interview, I felt great since I left the room leaving smiles on the faces of my interviewers. Hopefully, that is a good sign. Now all I have left to do is wait and see if I get accepted as a peer leader. If I do get the job, I might be lucky enough to be placed in your learning community!

Christian Grotewold

Author: Christian Grotewold

Hi guys! I am Christian and I'm from Guatemala. I am an Arts Administration major here at Wagner College. I am also a brother of Theta Chi Fraternity, one of the HawkTalk directors, and the assistant at the Center for Intercultural Advancement. Some interesting facts about me: I love tattoos (as you can tell from one of my blog posts), my favorite book is Harry Potter (as well as movie), my favorite TV show is Game of Thrones, and I love Batman! I am a very friendly guy and you will always see me with a smile on my face.

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