GT 1000 Seeks Team Leaders
GT 1000, Georgia Tech’s first-year seminar course, introduces new students to campus and supports their successful transition to college. The course meets one hour a week and is taught by faculty and staff volunteers, with upperclass students volunteering as team leaders. Applications for summer and fall team leaders (TLs) are being accepted until January 31. All undergraduates are eligible.
Team leaders work closely with the instructors. They also serve as an additional contact for first-year students, offering mentoring to those who may be a bit overwhelmed by the transition to college.
GT 1000 helps new students find their place here. Our team leaders know that’s hard,” said Lacy Hodges, assistant director for the Center for Academic Enrichment. “The team leaders are the people in the classroom who can say, ‘I know it’s hard. I was in your place a year ago, and it was hard for me. But here I am a year later, and I found my place. Here’s how I did it.’”
Hodges said students value what the team leaders have to say because the message is peer to peer.
“We can advise students who are struggling to go to tutoring or go to the counseling center. It’s easy for them to say that we — as faculty and staff — don’t know what it’s like to be a student. But, the TL can say, ‘Yes, I do know,’” Hodges said.
Team leaders are volunteers, receiving no pay or academic credit.
“They are really giving their time, energy, and wisdom to this program, and we appreciate it,” Hodges said. “GT 1000 could not exist without our team leaders. They are an integral part of the program.”
In addition to helping new students get acclimated to Tech, being a team leader is a good way for students to gain leadership experience.
“It’s an opportunity to take on a leadership position without some of the very intense commitments of some of the other leadership roles on campus,” Hodges said. “It’s also a unique position because it’s in the classroom. The team leader has a group of 15 to 20 first-year students, and the team leader is the role model for them, showing them the ropes.”
GT 1000 will recruit for instructors in late February. Meanwhile, the Center for Academic Enrichment is also looking for TLs for GT 2000, which is a similar course for transfer students.
For more information or to apply to be a team leader, click here.