UNIV 110: Foundations for Self-Discovery and Lifelong Learning is designed to provide new students with the knowledge, tools, and resources to shape their experiences and to succeed at Rice. The course will combine classroom discussion, information from various campus departments, self-assessments and reflections, and intentional activities to allow students a safe and purposeful opportunity to discover more about themselves and the campus around them as well as establish a basis for personal growth in college and into their careers.
The course will utilize a co-instruction model, partnering a professional staff member with two upperclassmen students who will serve as Peer Guides during the semester. This team will work collaboratively, sharing responsibility for the course lessons, instruction, and student follow-up. Peer Guides will offer honest, appropriate, and meaningful examples to supplement the classroom discussions, facilitate activities and conversations in class, provide timely and honest feedback to instructors and students, and serve as an additional resource for students.
Peer Guides may be called upon in any or all of the following capacities:
Please note that this list is not exhaustive and that Peer Guides may be called upon to perform tasks or assume roles that are not specifically outlined in this description.
If you are interested in applying to be a peer guide, feel free to contact Araceli Lopez, Assistant Director of Student Success Initiatives at firstname.lastname@example.org or 713-348-4373.
"A peer guide is a combination of both a personal and an academic/professional mentorship experience. In this position, you get to take your personal experiences and apply them in an academic setting" -Leah Topper, UNIV 110 Peer Guide Fall 2015
"I made some good friends, learned about myself, and discussed topics that are typically left out of academics" – Michael Donatti, UNIV 110 Peer Guide Fall 2015