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Peer leaders adopt freshmen during new students’ orientation
The AUS Office of Student Affair's Student Leadership Program (SLP) took an active role during new student orientation held on January 24, 2014. Peer leaders "adopted" new students and will continue to orient them throughout the semester.
Peer leaders' main role is to ease the transition of incoming freshmen into university life. Each peer leader is required to adopt 2-5 freshmen and to mentor them on coping with university life. Not only does this program benefit new freshmen, but it also provides current students with opportunities to develop and enhance their leadership skills. Before meeting with freshmen, the Student Leadership Program trained the peer leaders to deal with the needs of freshmen in order to help improve their university experience. Peer leaders also encourage new students to enroll in the Emerging Leaders Program to begin their participation in the Student Leadership Program.
"Starting university is an important phase in our lives, and with the help of the Student Leadership Program I was able to improve this phase for many new students. My peer leader was the main reason I wanted to participate in this program. By being in the SLP, I have improved my leadership and communication skills, which ought to help me through the coming years," said Abdullah Afify, a sophomore majoring in electrical engineering.
"I thoroughly enjoyed my experience as a peer leader. It reminded of the challenges I faced during my first semester at AUS. Being able to help new students overcome similar challenges makes me happy! I like to think of this experience not only as a way to give back to AUS but also as a way to build my character and self-confidence," said Shahed Qamhiya, a junior majoring in international studies.
"The Student Leadership Program provides students with programs that engage them in real-life situations such as the Peer Leadership Program. We are happy to see that our peer leaders are responsible, respectful and capable of solving problems. Being part of the Peer Leaders Program aids students in developing their skills in leadership, communication and conflict resolution. This is a one- year program, and we encourage students who are interested in being part of the program next year to register early in order to guarantee a space," said Dr. Moza Al Shehhi, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.