Being a SOUL


  • Paid position:  $10 - $11/hour for 30 - 35 hours per week (~May 16 - July 1)

  • Free lunches on in-person Orientation days!

  • Housing during summer orientation sessions if Orientation is in-person for 2022

  • Free on campus parking pass for the summer if Orientation is in-person for 2022

  • SOUL Gear (ex. rain jackets, water bottles, etc.)

  • Networking opportunities with Appalachian faculty and administrative leaders

  • Skill development in communication, presentation, leadership, crisis management, problem-solving and small group facilitation

  • Friendships and memories created with fellow SOULS and incoming students

SOULS are trained to improve their:

Campus Resource Expertise

SOUL Group

Intensive training on a variety of campus resources will provide SOULs a wealth of responses when asked about offices and organizations on campus.  SOULs will learn about the Office of Disability Resources, the Office of Transfer Services, the Department of Student Engagement & Leadership and so much more!

Communication Skills

Check In

SOULs will be presenting to new students and families in a variety of ways throughout Orientation.  SOULs will gain valuable skills in both verbal and written communication.  

Facilitation Skills

Ice Breaker

SOULs will learn ways to effectively facilitate sessions with both students and parents. These sessions will range from assisting in parent panels to leading group advising sessions.

Peer Advising Skills



During training, SOULs will be taught about Appalachian's General Education curriculum, and why it is an important facet to an Appalachian degree.