It’s the middle of the summer after your senior year of high school, and despite the odds, you’re enjoying it! The sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, and your phone is buzzing. You pick it up to check it out – is a friend looking for a socially distant hangout? Maybe your parents want to bring you home some lunch? No, it’s a strange email from someone with an @stevens.edu at the end of their email. It’s not the Finance Office asking for more money, it’s not Residential and Dining Services with your move-in date – it’s your Peer Leader!
You’re probably asking yourself, “What is a Peer Leader, and why do they sound so excited in their email?”. That’s what I’m here to tell you about! My name is Luke Langner; I just finished my B.E. in Mechanical Engineering this spring, and I’ll be spending a fifth year at Stevens to pursue my M.E. in Mechanical Engineering. What’s more important, though, is that this will also be my third year as a Peer Leader. A Peer Leader is a new student’s number one resource at Stevens. Our job is to help make sure that each and every new student at Stevens has a successful and healthy transition into college life at Stevens.
When you first get to Stevens, you’ll be thrown into a whole new world. Balancing academics with maintaining an active social life and a healthy lifestyle on your own can be difficult and extremely overwhelming. Your Peer Leader will stand by you and make sure that you are equipped to handle it all. It starts with your campus orientation, where you come to learn about living in a dorm and how to navigate campus and Hoboken. Even though this may not be the most traditional introduction to campus life, there will still be ways for you to learn about campus, and your Peer Leaders will help walk you through that. We will also make sure that you know everything there is to know about the resources on the Stevens campus. Whether you’re looking for scheduling advice, counseling services, or just the best place to eat in Hoboken, we are tasked with making sure that we can help you to our fullest and direct you to the right resources when necessary.
Your Peer Leader will be your official mentor through orientation and the entirety of your first fall semester at Stevens. Even though we may seem a bit too happy to be here, we do it because we love Stevens and we love helping new students start their journeys. We will be with you every step of the way as you make your way through your first semester, because Peer Leaders are the conduit through which knowledge and wisdom about Stevens makes its way to the new students. Even though we’re only your official mentors for a semester, you can bet your bottom dollar that we’ll be with you every step of the way.
We can’t wait to meet you this fall, and get to know the amazing Stevens students that you will be. Enjoy your summer, get excited for the fall, and most importantly, answer our emails!
Luke Langner, Mechanical Engineering