Hullabaloo U is a year-long, 0 credit hour, first-year experience course designed to create a welcoming and affirming environment for each new student. Students will develop self‐efficacy, self‐awareness, and a sense of purpose; become actively engaged in the learning environment inside and outside of the classroom; and become socially integrated within the university community. Each section of Hullabaloo U is limited to no more than 25 students and led by a faculty/staff instructor and an undergraduate peer mentor.
What is A Hullabaloo U Peer Mentor?
Hullabloo U Peer Mentors serve as a role model, resource, and leader for a small group of first-year Aggies. With Fall 2019 marking the first pilot implementation of the Hullabaloo U course across campus, you have the opportunity to leave a legacy as the first class of Hullabaloo U Peer Mentors and establish a precedent for future mentors. As a Peer Mentor, you will serve alongside a faculty or staff member as a co-instructor for one section of the Hullabaloo U first year experience course. In your role, you will help new students make a successful transition to Aggieland, get involved on-campus, succeed in the classroom, and create a sense of belonging in the broader Aggie Community.
Application and Selection Process
- Step 1: Complete the Hullabaloo U Peer Mentor Application by Thursday, March 21st at 11:59pm.
- Step 2: Your application is reviewed by the Office for Student Success. You will be notified via email by Friday, March 22nd at 5:00pm if you have been selected to continue to the group interview round.
- Step 3: Sign up for a group interview time slot via the link that was provided in your selection notification email by Friday, March 25th at 5:00pm. Group Interviews will be held at various times March 26-27.
- Step 4: You will be notified of whether or not you have been selected to become a part of the Hullabaloo U Peer Mentor community by Friday, March 29th at 5:00pm.
- Step 5: Successfully complete all required hiring processes, student-employment paperwork, and on-boarding training as outlined in your selection notification email.
- Step 6: Attend your Hullabaloo U Peer Mentor Spring Training Retreat on Saturday April 27th, Saturday May 4th, or Wednesday May 8th from 8:00-5:00pm. Breakfast and Lunch will be provided.
- Step 7: Attend the Hullabaloo U Peer Mentor Fall Training Retreat with your co-instructor on Monday August 12th or Saturday August 17th from 8:00am-5:00pm. Breakfast and Lunch will be provided.
Benefits of becoming a Hullabaloo U Peer Mentor
- Receive compensation approximating $500 for each semester you serve as a Peer Mentor. As a Peer Mentor you will be compensated biweekly at an hourly rate of $7.25 per hour for 8 hours of training in the Spring, 8 hours of training in the Fall, and an average of 3-4 hours per week for each semester you serve. This will approximate to a pre-tax amount of $500 per semester you are employed. If this is your first time being employed as a Texas A&M student employee you will also be compensated at the same hourly rate for 8 hours of required online student-employee trainings.
- Develop your personal leadership style and strengths. In your role as a Peer Mentor, you will be provided opportunities to identify, develop, and demonstrate leadership and communication skills transferable to achieving your professional and personal goals. These skills include:
- Critical Thinking/Problem Solving
- Global/Intercultural Competency
- Serve the Aggie Community. As a Hullabaloo-U Peer Mentor, you will be a constant point of contact for your students every week throughout their first year. With Fall 2019 marking the first pilot implementation of the Hullabaloo U course across campus, you have the opportunity to leave a legacy as the first class of Hullabaloo U Peer Mentors and establish a precedent for future mentors. By serving as a Peer Mentor you are helping to ensure that all new students feel like they are a part of the Aggie Family and have the tools to succeed.
- Expand your network. Establishing positive connections with new students and current Texas A&M faculty & staff members will allow you to develop mutually beneficial relationships and expose you to a diverse network of professionals within the Aggie Community.
- Be a member of the Class of ’20, ’21, or ’22 who has completed at least 24 credit hours by the end of the Spring 2019 semester at Texas A&M College Station or through the Blinn TEAM program; who will be enrolled at the College Station campus both fall and spring semesters; and whose undergraduate degree will not be completed prior to May 2020
- Be in good academic standing, with a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA, and good disciplinary standing
- Be eligible to work in the United States in year-round employment
Desired characteristics of Hullabaloo U Instructors
- Capable of relating to and developing classroom rapport with a diverse group of students
- Genuine interest in mentoring new students
- Ability to demonstrate vulnerability as it relates to sharing helpful insight to the first year experience
- Awareness of involvement opportunities, campus resources, and student-support services
Peer Mentor Requirements and Commitments
- Demonstrate the Aggie Core Values (Respect, Excellence, Leadership, Loyalty, Integrity, and Selfless-Service) and uphold the Aggie Honor Code
- Develop rapport and a safe relationship with new students
- Assist individual students as needed, including following up with students who miss class and making referrals to appropriate resources for issues that are beyond your scope of expertise
- Meet 1-1 with each student in your section at least once per semester
- Meet weekly with your Instructor to coordinate and plan course components
- Collaborate with your Instructor to create a learning contract related to your experience that provides you with developmental opportunities within the classroom and fulfills your goals as a peer mentor.
- Assist in student recruitment and tabling efforts for Hullabaloo U and the Office for Student Success
- Commit to serving as a Peer Mentor for a year-long (fall & spring), 0-credit hour transition to college course. Sections are composed of no more than 25 students and meet weekly for 50 minutes. Section times will be assigned based on your availability once you have registered for the fall semester.
- Attend required training workshops. Peer Mentor training will consist of one day of training in the spring AND one day in August. For both Spring and August multiple date options will be offered and you must only choose to attend ONE of each:
Saturday, April 27th
; Wednesday, May 4th
; OR Saturday May 8th
Monday, August 12th
OR Saturday, August 17th
- Commit to working 3-4 hours per week in the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020
- Successfully complete all required hiring processes, student-employment paperwork, and on-boarding training as outlined in your selection notification email.