4th Year Bachelor of Arts
English Honours Major
Lacey has been helping students since Fall 2013
Why did you decide to become an Arts Peer Mentor?
I decided to become a mentor in the RBC Arts Peer Mentoring program for a number of reasons. The most prominent being that I remember what it felt like to come to UFV and be overwhelmed with the experience. High school really only prepares you so much and to become an adult so fast can be very scary. I felt like if I could have had a guiding force back then some of that stress would have been taken care of and so if in becoming a peer mentor I could help someone with that very thing then it would be well worth the effort.
What is the most rewarding part so of being a Peer Mentor?
The most rewarding part about being a peer mentor is in knowing you're looked to as a positive and knowledgable figure within the student body at UFV. I enjoy being someone people come to for help, advice or information and being a peer mentor lets you exercise all three of those things.
Is there something in particular about the program that students should know or might find interesting?
The most important thing students should know about the program is that it's totally designed around the mentee. Being a mentee doesn't mean you're told what to do and how to do it, it means you're given a vehicle to decide what you want to do and what steps you want to take to do it. Basically the program is really unique to each mentee - it's not one size fits all.
Do you have any advice for first year students adapting to University? Tips?
Adapting to University can be tough. My number one tip is try not to be shy! This is easier said than done, no doubt, but you don't have to be the most outgoing person to make this work. Putting yourself in a position for success is as simple as getting to know your professors and speaking to them outside of class, or finding groups or non-academic programs you might be interested in. There's no harm in trying and nothing has to be forever if you don't want it to be.