The Gator Aiders
New Student Orientation Peer Advisors
The Advising Center and the New Student Orientation office have developed a unique way for SFSU students to become paraprofessional staff for the Advising Center. The students trained in Counseling classes become peer advisors to new students and their family members during the summer and winter Orientations. 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 University.
Since this is a position which provides the student with the chance for great leadership and responsibility, we require the highest standards in our applicants. The responsible, punctual, dedicated and enthusiastic will do well in this class. This is NOT an "easy A" class, although it seems at times that we will have a lot of fun. It is possible to take Counseling 325 just strictly as a class, with no thought of becoming a GatorAider. But those who wish to be invited to join the program must commit early 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 focus and keep organized. It's also important to bring required materials to class, such as GatorAid, Bulletin, Class Schedule and the class notes.
The Undergraduate Advising center offers Counseling 325 each semester. COUN 325 is a 3 unit class that is taught by Karen Kingsbury. The class teaches students the undergraduate requirements here at SF State, as well as the various programs on campus while building necessary leadership skills. It meets at 2:30 Spring and Fall semesters, and is open to students of all class standings. In order to be a Gatoraider, the student must pass with at least a B. This three unit GE course preps future GatorAiders on peer advising and SFSU. Once course is completed, exemplarily students will be invited to take an additional class in order to become an official Gator Aider which then works for the advising Center on stipend over the summer and winter breaks. Being a GatorAider has many academic/social benefits while having hands on peer advising experience.
Yes the GatorAiders are registered as an official student organization with OSPLD at SFSU. Visit the GatorAider website HERE.