4 year Bachelor of Arts
Psychology Major with Business Minor
Dave has been mentoring students since Winter 2013
Why did you decide to become an Arts Peer Mentor?
I decided to become an Arts Peer Mentor because it looked like a great opportunity to develop leadership skills, listening skills, and helping skills, as well as good experience for graduate school applications. I was also looking to make a little extra money to fund my education so it was great to be able to do that right on campus.
What is the most rewarding part so far of being a Peer Mentor?
The most rewarding part of being Peer Mentor is to observe the growth in the students over the course of the 13-week semester. It’s encouraging to see students become more confident in themselves, venture out of their comfort zone, become more familiar with university life, and excel in their studies.
Is there something in particular about the program that students should know or might find interesting?
Students may be interested to know that the program is all about them. It is totally customized to each individual student so that they can be equipped and prepared for any obstacles they may come across. The Mentors don’t come in with any particular agenda, but instead we are here to assist the students in any way that helps them. One more thing to note is that the program really isn’t a huge time commitment. It’s just one 30 minute meeting every week or every two weeks – that’s it!Thinking back to my first year, I know I would have loved to have someone to talk to about credits and majors and minors and how to study and take notes and manage my time. It's not a power relationship by any means - we're students just like everyone else and we love to help in any way we can to see our fellow students succeed.
Do you have any advice for first year students adapting to University? Tips?
My first piece of advice would be to seriously consider Peer Mentoring. It’s so beneficial to have someone to chat with who knows their way around campus and its multitude of services and resources. My second piece of advice is not to shy away from meeting with professors outside of class time. Take some time to visit them during their office hours anytime you have questions or concerns or just want to chat. They're not monsters - they applied for their job because they love teaching and seeing students succeed. Lastly, have a balance; the all-or-none mentality doesn't fly well at university. Balance out your schedule to include spending time with friends, playing sports, having fun, volunteering or just relaxing, in addition to your time spent on homework and studying. Spending all your time studying will suck the fun out of life, but spending no time studying will result in an unpleasant meeting with your program advisor. Balance is the key.