All GSSP students have the opportunity to participate in Student Leadership programs throughout their time at Queens College.
Enjoy meeting new people, connecting with fellow students, and showing off your knowledge of campus? Be an Orientation Leader! These friendly, outgoing, and knowledgeable students provide information and support to new students as they navigate their transition to college.
Do you love studying with your peers, have a great grasp on coursework, and enjoy organizing your schoolwork into color-coded folders? Peer Educators serve as an academic and study resource for their peers, leading workshops and activities to support fellow classmates through course content, study and organizational skills, and time management.
Student Ambassadors lead their peers in a variety of events and activities, and serve as the first point of contact for students, faculty, staff, and visitors in learning more about Queens College. They lead weekly activities like Conversation Club and Student Experience Hour, and engage with their classmates and GSSP students throughout the semester.
Student leadership comes with a lot of benefits: the opportunity to get to know new people, build your resume, improve your soft skills (public speaking, team work, organization, time management and more), connect with campus leaders and staff, and earn recognition from the GSSP Office and Queens College. All students are welcome, and encouraged, to apply. New student leaders are recruited every semester!
While in their GSSP Program, students meet regularly with a GSSP Staff advisor. During these meetings, the student and the advisor discuss current course performance and program requirements, identify areas of academic or personal concern, resolve questions or challenges, and assist students in building their time management and academic skills. Students have the opportunity to choose more than the required number of appointments, and are encouraged to meet with an advisor as often as they’d like. Other areas of discussion include: choosing a major or minor, career exploration and planning, personal or emotional support, adapting to life in New York City, and more!
While in the GSSP program, students have a lot of opportunity to engage with their peers. In sheltered classes with other GSSP students and using the cohort model, you really get to know and engage with your peers to form lasting friendships. Additionally, you may have classes with older GSSP students who can share their experiences and tips for success. All of the student leadership programs and events help bring students together, too. Your peers are a great resource, and we encourage you to get to know each other and build each other up!
There are many other services available on the QC campus, too. Whatever challenge you have, area you are interested in, or future plan you’re working on, there’s something – or someone – who can help you at QC!
The Counseling Services provides free and confidential support to students in many areas, including: family/relationship conflict, anxiety, depression, loneliness, homesickness, and more. Health Services is on-campus for health education and counseling, medical assessment and referrals, immunizations, first aid, and other services.
To help you succeed in your academic life, the Learning Commons is available for content-specific tutoring in key subjects like Biology, Chemistry, Economics, Psychology, Computer Science, History, Accounting, and Physics. The Math Center and the Writing Center can help you with your math coursework or your writing assignments.
If you want to join activities on campus, there are over 100 student organizations you can join, ranging from cultural (Asian Students in Action, Bangladesh Students Association, Muslim Student Association, Black Student Union) to academic (Chemistry Club, Economics and Business Club, Girls Who Code QC) and more!