For the Spring 2017 Semester, I volunteered to be a Peer Mentor for the New International Student Orientation (NISO). NISO is a program that orients the international students that come to attend OU. It presents about Oklahoma, the United States, and OU and informs students of how to stay safe, what to expect, and opportunities they can participate in while here. Importantly, the orientation also serves as a way for international students to find a community within OU. One way they do that is through the Peer Mentorship Program. In this blog post I will discuss the training day that I went through to be a Peer Mentor. In the next blog post I will discuss the orientation itself.
The NISO Peer Mentor orientation occurred on January 11, 2017. It was for four hours on that Wednesday morning. Basically we discussed what our responsibilities would be the next day at the orientation and later in the semester. We also stuffed packets with brochures that would later be passed out to the students We walked to Dale Hall where the orientation would occur and discussed where everything would be. We were also assigned jobs at the orientation. My job was going to be passing out packets and lanyards as students went up the stairs. It was an easy day in preperation for the long day that was to follow, but it was a good chance to meet my fellow peer mentors.