The Gator Aiders
New Student Orientation Peer Advisors
The Advising Center and New Student Programs have developed a unique way for SF State students to become peer advisors, assisting with academic support and counseling. Prospective peer advisors are required to enroll in Counseling classes designed to train them to orient new students and their family members as part of the summer and winter Orientation Program. At Orientation, GatorAiders assist the Orientation Director with check-in, take a small group on campus tours, explain about the University's requirements, make recommendations on classes and course load, check students' Academic Progress Records, and in general, provide a positive role model for the incoming students to the university.
This opportunity provides students a chance for honing their leadership skills and developing professionalism - we require the highest standards in our applicants. The responsible, punctual, dedicated and enthusiastic will do well in this program. The required counseling course is NOT an "easy A" - although at times it will be a lot of fun! Students who wish to to join the GatorAider program must commit to learning a lot of material to the best of their ability. Reviewing one's notes prior to each class period is a good way to keep focused and keep organized. It's also important to bring required materials to class, such as the GatorAid Student Handbook, the University Bulletin and the Class Schedule.
The Undergraduate Advising Center offers Counseling 325, a 3 unit class facilitated by the Director of New Student Programs Karen Kingsbury. The class teaches students the undergraduate requirements at SF State, educates them about various student support services, and builds necessary leadership skills. This course is open to students of all class standings and majors. In order to be a GatorAider, students must pass with at least a "B" grade. This three unit course preps future GatorAiders on peer advising and SF State policies, procedures and requirements. Being a GatorAider has many academic and social benefits while providing hands-on peer advising experience.
Yes the GatorAiders are registered as an official student organization with the Student Involvement and Career Center (SICC) at SF State.