In The A Center, we encourage students to connect with their peers and to seek out leadership positions. With us, students have opportunities to become involved in a number of ways. In each of these positions, we help students develop communication, leadership, and other professional skills. We strive to provide students with the tools needed to help them grow as individuals, and to develop tools they can use in their majors and careers once they leave The A Center.
And remember - even if you leave The A Center, you can still represent. Many of our student leaders started in The A Center as an Undeclared student before deciding on a major in another college. They still hold leadership positions in The A Center because they represent our student population and they've found a home with us.
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The A Center Explorers are students who represent our department at various recruitment events throughout the year. These students are trained to speak to prospective students and guests about what the University of Arizona and The A Center both have to offer, as well as how to explore majors before, during, and after admission to the University. These students have all started as Undeclared students within The A Center.
Students in The A Center Explorers program participate in a one-unit internship course geared toward development of leadership, communication, and professional skills. They also have the opportunity to hone presentation skills in a classroom setting as they discuss major exploration processes and transitions during college.
As an incoming first-year student in The A Center, you may have the opportunity to connect with a peer mentor from The A Center. These peer mentors work with students in our TLS 100 course, and they are trained to assist you with the transition to university life.
Our peer mentors also earn one unit of preceptorship course credit, because they assist with facilitating the TLS 100 course. In this position, they have the ability to gain presentation and relationship-building skills in addition to creative thinking and problem solving.
The A Center paraprofessionals are student workers who have been trained to assist students in The A Center with basic advising questions. Our paraprofessionals work specifically with undeclared or exploratory students to help them select courses that align with their interests and the general education curriculum. They also assist with basic academic information related to policies and procedures.
The paraprofessional position is a paid leadership position where students have been trained by our academic advisors and serve as a point of contact for our students with basic advising questions. They also meet with students to conduct major exploration appointments and begin the process of narrowing down their searches.
Peer Academic Coaches (PACs) work with students in The A Center who may be struggling academically, to help them develop study skills and strategies to become successful both in and outside of the classroom. They focus on time management, growth mindset, and helping students develop individual tools to be academically successful.
The PAC position is a paid position where our PACs are trained by both academic advisors and professional learning specialists, and they have demonstrated the ability to successfully manage their academics on their own.
Phi Alpha Delta is a co-educational pre-law fraternity that specializes in hosting professional development events for Univresity of Arizona students interested in going into the law field. They also assist with the Law School Information Expo every year, which is co-hosted by The A Center, the Western Association of Pre-Law Advisors (WAPLA), and Phi Alpha Delta.
More information on Phi Alpha Delta Can be found here.
Pre-Health Ambassadors are a group of motivated students who are interested in pursuing a health-related career. These students come from all majors and work together to provide a support network for pre-health students. They are also trained to speak to prospective students and parents about the opportunities at the University of Arizona for pre-health students.
These pre-health students are advised by The A Center pre-health advisors and work with them to host events like our Pre-Health Expo. Through these activities, they develop networking skills, professionalism and strategies essential to success in health-related fields.