Peer Mentors

Peer Mentoring Benefits for New Students:

  • Curated, personalized emails about important activities and upcoming deadlines
  • Assistance setting up City Tech online systems, including: student email, CUNYfirst, Blackboard, Microsoft 365, and OpenLab
  • Invitations to special workshops, events, and activities facilitated by First Year Programs
  • Dedicated upper-level student Mentor available to answer questions
  • Individualized support in the transition to college

Beginning of Semester Checklist

Set Up Your City Tech Email 

Download Outlook app and set up your City Tech email on your phone—Turn on alerts! 

Check out your classes on Blackboard and OpenLab 

  • find the syllabus and schedule for each class 

Create a folder on your computer (or OneDrive) for each class to stay organized 

  • make the syllabus the first document in each folder 

Turn on alerts for Blackboard and OpenLab 

Buy required books and materials as soon as you can—don’t wait! 

Get a planner/app so you can effectively manage your time 

  • add your classes and set reminders 
  • add important dates from the academic calendar 
  • add major due dates and exams from your syllabi

Make at least one friend in each class in case you miss class or need help 

Create a workspace in your home where you can focus on classes and schoolwork 

  • minimize noise and distractions 
  • use a desk or table for your laptop or tablet 
  • sit up in a chair––not on a couch or in a bed

Check CUNY First and your City Tech email for FAFSA and TAP notifications (after the first week of classes) 

Follow City Tech on Instagram (so you know what’s going on)

Participate in your Department’s Connect Day to learn more about your major and what is expected of you 

  • Upload your vaccination information on CUNY First 
  • Plan an extra 30-60 minutes for getting to in-person classes
  • Give yourself extra time to figure out where your classes are
  • Get your Student ID card 

If you are a First Year student at City Tech who would like to have a Peer Mentor, please fill out this form: Would You Like to Meet with a Peer Mentor?

Are You Interested in Becoming a Paid Peer Mentor?