Peer Success Coaching
The Peer Success Coaching program provides undergraduate students with opportunities to meet one-on-one with trained Peer Success Coaches (PSCs) throughout an entire semester or periodically via walk-in consultation hours. PSCs support students as they navigate their new environment and learn how to succeed academically, socially, and personally at Purdue University. PSCs will help students develop not only effective study habits and test-taking skills, but also strong time management and organizational skills to achieve academic, social, and personal goals.Sign Up for a PSC
"Having a PSC gives you accountability, trust, encouragement, resources, and a good listener all in one person. They can be your lifeline to anything you need." –Mallory H.
"Having a PSC is like having someone to listen to your problems and concerns without fear of judgment and with the knowledge that they will help you however they can." –Ashanti L.
"PSCs are your first go-to resource when you have a problem. Academically, socially, and emotionally, they always have your back." –Isaac D.
"Having a PSC allows you to be able to have someone who you can confide information in and know that they genuinely care about how successful you are in your life academically, personally, and socially." –Jade L.
Who is a PSC?
A PSC is a point-person who can offer guidance to students as they navigate life at Purdue. PSCs are primarily upperclassmen who receive training on coaching their peers through many of the same challenges they have faced. They function as guides, listeners, and motivational partners, but not as tutors, instructors, parents, or academic advisors. Because they are peers, PSCs work as a neutral party to help students gain insight and ideas.
What can a student expect?
PSCs can guide you through...
Studying for exams
Connecting with campus resources and academic advisors
Getting involved in campus activities and organizations
Managing your time
Exploring career options
Applying for student employment
PSCs are here to...
Listen to your concerns
Point you in the right direction
Help you set and achieve your own academic, social, and personal goals while at Purdue
How can I connect with a PSC?
If you are interested in working with a PSC, you have two options available to you:
- Personal PSC
- Weekly individual meetings (or more or less based on what works for you)
- Initial get-to-know-each-other meeting
- Coaching agreement that outlines the benefits you expect to receive from coaching and that clarifies how your PSC will maximize your Purdue experience
To join the semester program to have your own Peer Success Coach, please fill out the online application. Applications are accepted throughout the academic year on a rolling basis. Students may apply and be admitted at any time, even mid-semester, if there is availability.
"The benefit of having a PSC is being able to talk to someone about a goal you may have and being able to accomplish that goal through motivation, study techniques, and accountability that a PSC can provide." –Jay Q.
"Being a PSC coachee is beneficial because you actually have someone to share campus resources, study skills, and work with you on enriching your college experience." –Yexin H.
"The PSC program has helped me develop coaching skills that I can use to empower others to succeed." –Sarah K.
"Being a Peer Success Coach has taught me how to genuinely listen instead of talk and how to be a leader amongst my peers. It’s grown me as a person, a leader, a peer, and a friend." –Sydney G.
- Meet with any coach
- Weekly office hours
- 15- to 30-minute drop-in coaching sessions
- No application
- No semester-long commitment
Students may meet with any PSC during their office hours with no appointment necessary. Check the office hour calendar to see which PSC is available at what time.
Where can I find more information?
For more information about the Peer Success Coaching program, please contact Mariana Naddaf at firstname.lastname@example.org or 765-494-9328.
"I learn along with my coachees. Every resource, every piece of advice, and every skill I expose them to I am exposed to as well." –Isaac D.
"Being a PSC has given me joy knowing that I’m helping someone else be better and succeed." –Ashanti L.
"Being a PSC causes me to want to be a better student, a better leader, and a better person because I have someone looking to me to help them improve themselves to be better, too." –Mallory H.
"Being a Coach allows you to help other students who may be encountering the same difficulties you are. And by helping your peers, you gain skills in communication and listening." –Bobby W.
How can I apply to become a PSC?
The application to become a PSC for the 2017-2018 academic year is currently open! The application will be available until 3/20/17 at 11:59pm.
Criteria to become a PSC:
- An undergraduate Purdue student that has attended at least 2 semesters (including this current spring semester).
- A completed application with reference contact information, your resume, and letter of intent. (Reference letters are optional)
- A minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
- Can commit to Fall 2017 and Spring 2018 semesters and dedicate at least 5 hours a week to the PSC program.
Email Mariana Naddaf at email@example.com with any questions you may have about applying to become a PSC.