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Apply to be a Transition Mentor

The Office of First-Year Programs is seeking outstanding individuals to serve as Transition Mentors (TMs). Students in these positions play a key role in the retention and completion efforts of the university by assisting with the transition of new students to Wichita State University. Transition Mentors will have the opportunity to build relationships, interact with university staff and work with a team of peers during these unique leadership experiences. Individuals selected as TMs serve as mentors and role models and are responsible for making new students' transition during their first semester successful.

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Required Qualifications

  • Current enrollment in at least 12 credit hours
  • Completion of at least 12 credit hours at Wichita State University
  • Experience with a wide-range of campus, community and life experiences
  • A positive attitude about Wichita State University
  • Academic and judicial good standing with the university
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to work with a diverse group of people
  • Ability to serve as a role model for good student behavior
  • Ability to provide guidance, support and motivation for others
  • Perform in an ethical and professional manner
  • Must have an interest in helping students transition to college and Wichita State University
  • Ability to attend and successfully complete training and commitments outlined below - as related to the position.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Sophomore through senior standing (in fall semester of 2018)
  • 2.75 GPA or higher

Transition Mentor Commitments

Training is a co-op class during the spring semester. Weekly meetings with dates and times are determined based on student staff class schedules. Training is required of all new and returning Transition Mentors. No exceptions will be granted. There will be some overnight trips planned during the spring training attendance, and trip attendance is mandatory. 

Orientation Programs
Reserve all day (7 a.m. - 5 p.m.) for these program days. You will be notified if, or when, adjustments are made to the schedule. Guest programs are scheduled on day one of a two-day program.

4: TM Spring Retreat
8: All student orientation
12: All student orientation
21-22: Extended Freshman (and guest) orientation
31-June 1: Freshman (and guest) orientation
11-12: Extended Freshman (and guest) orientation
16: Transfer / Adult Learner orientation
21-22: Extended Freshman (and guest) orientation
25-26: Freshman (and guest) orientation
: Freshman (and guest) orientation
17: Transfer (and guest) orientation
21: Transfer / Returning Adult Learner orientation
26: Transfer (and guest) orientation
30-31: Freshman (and guest) orientation
6-7: Extended Freshman (and guest) orientation
11: Transfer / Returning Adult Learner orientation
14: Transfer (and guest) orientation
16-17: Freshman (and guest) orientation
31: Late orientation
Fall Semester
Throughout the fall semester, TMs continue to serve as a role model / mentor for new students - (up to 10 hours per week, at the discretion of the Assistant Director).

Application Process

Submit your completed application packet online. Hard copies of the application are available in the Transitions and Orientation office located in Hubbard Hall 115. Applications need to completed no later than Oct. 31.

  1. Complete the data form and submit essays.
  2. Provide a resume. We encourage you to visit Career Services for information on developing a resume if you need assistance.
  3. Provide two references. These may be from your academic advisor, faculty members, community leaders or others. Family members will not be considered. Please include these names on your resume.

The Transition Mentor applications for spring and fall 2018 are closed.

Selection Process

  1. All applications, references and qualifications (GPA / Judicial Standing) will be reviewed by the Assistant Director of First-Year Programs.
  2. When you submit your application packet (due Oct. 31), you will be contacted by the office to sign up for a 20-minute, individual interview Nov. 1-3.
  3. All applicants will be notified of decisions the week of Nov. 6.
  4. The first meeting will be Dec. 8 as a meet-and-greet with the senior Transition Mentors and staff.