Matador Achievement Center


About The Matador Connection: Peer to Peer College Transition Program

The main focus of The Matador Connection: Peer to Peer College Transition Program is to provide support to student-athlete new to CSUN with their transition to college and the campus. Additionally, the program will teach these student-athletes how to excel throughout their college experience and after graduation. This program will include all First-Time Freshmen and Junior Community College transfer students.  A series of workshops lead by campus staff and professionals will walk these students through their first year at CSUN by tackling areas that often impact initial success such as test anxiety, professor communication, and study skills. Peer Transition Coaches who consists of upper class student-athletes will lead small scale discussions in conjunction with the lead staff member for that topic.

Peer Transition Coaches actively facilitate and engage these student-athletes in proactive discussions and provide resources, life skills, and problem-solving strategies that student-athletes need in handling both academic and athletic responsibilities.

Eligibility for The Matador Connection: Peer to Peer College Transition Program

All First-Time Freshmen and Junior Community College transfer student athletes will be a part of this program.

Becoming a Peer Transition Coach

 There are several mandatory qualifications that applicants must meet:

  • Must be a current student-athlete at California State University Northridge.
  • Must be a Junior or Senior academically.
  • Must be committed to work the whole semester, preferable the entire academic year.

In addition to the mandatory criteria, the Mentoring Coordinator looks for certain attributes in the Peer Transition Coach applicants:

  • Well organized with good time management skills
  • Self-motivated
  • Good study habits
  • Wants to help fellow student-athletes better themselves
  • Able to speak in front of a group of student-athletes and facilitate discussions.

Interested parties can download the Peer Transitional Coach application for Spring (.doc). Please fill out the application in its entirety, attach a copy of your resume to the back of the application, and submit it in person to the Mentoring Coordinator, LaShandra Batiste. Applications are accepted at the beginning of each semester. 

The hours will be based around the workshop times which will be determined at the beginning of each semester and can range from 5-10 hours per Month. Wages are competitive.