Prefreshman Summer Program (PSP)

Applications for Summer 2018 will open in Spring 2018.

The Prefreshman Summer Program (PSP) is designed to help new incoming students prepare for the challenges of the first year at Cornell.  Student staff work closely with professional residential, academic, and student services staff to support students in this transition.  All student staff positions are live-in positions in the residence hall with the students.  Staff are expected to abide by the University Code of Conduct, House Rules, and stricter Program rules.

2017 Information Sessions:

Tuesday, January 24th from 6 - 7 p.m. at the Willard Straight Hall Art Gallery

Tuesday, January 31st from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. at the Tatkon Center Large Classroom

Thursday, February 2nd from 5 - 6 p.m. at the Robert Purcell Community Center Auditorium

 

Program Assistants (PAs)

PA duties include:

  • Serving as a mentor to incoming students
  • Serving in an on-call rotation within the community
  • Enforcing University and Program policies with students
  • Supporting and lead academic, social, and educational programming
  • Collaborating with other residential staff and College Associate(s) for assigned College/School

Staff must be strong team players as members of a residence hall staff and academic support group.

Position Description: PSP_2017_PA_Position

 

Academic Program Assistants (APAs)

APA duties include:

  • Serving as a mentor to incoming students
  • Managing study groups and academic excellence workshops
  • Enforcing University and Program policies with students
  • Collaborating with other residential and academic staff to support students

Staff must be a strong team player as a member of the Residential Leadership Team and a senior student staff member.

Position Description: PSP_2017_APA_Position

 

Activities Coordinator (AC)

AC duties include:

  • Serving as a mentor to incoming students
  • Planning, coordinating, and participating in non-academic programming
  • Marketing programming to students
  • Supporting PAs in their programming as well as scheduling them to support larger scale events
  • Enforcing University and Program policies with students
  • Collaborating with other residential and student services staff to support students

Staff must be a strong team player as a member of the Residential Leadership Team and a senior student staff member.

Position Description: PSP_2017_AC_Position

 

Administrative Assistant (AA)

AA duties include:

  • Serving as a mentor to incoming students
  • Managing the administrative offices and front desk of PSP within the residence hall
  • Supporting residential- and PSP-associated professional staff along with Resident Directors and the Residential Leadership Team
  • Communicating with students, student staff, professional staff, and parents
  • Enforcing University and Program policies with students

Staff must be a strong team player as a member of the Residential Leadership Team and a senior student staff member.

Position Description: PSP_2017_AA_Position

Student Staff Spotlight!

Name: Shelby

Community: Townhouses

Semesters as a Student Staff Member: 3 semesters as an RA

Favorite Part: My favorite part about being an RA is getting to know residents. You truly are the first person that first-year students will count on. By building bonds with residents through programs, just listening to them, and giving them advice about school work or campus involvement, you can really form a mentor/mentee relationship.

Advice to Candidates: Be empathetic. A huge part of this role is about understanding others - your residents and your RA staff. A lot of what you do is aiming to connect with people and showing that you care.


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