WHY WORK WITH A UFV ARTS PEER MENTOR?

Let's hear from our mentees

 

I have found the peer mentor program at UFV to be most helpful. It has been very beneficial to talk to a student about any questions or concerns that I have had.

The peer mentoring program is a great experience. I am really glad that I got to be a part of it.

Working with my mentor has made my freshman year in Canada a lot easier =)

I have found that the peer mentor program is very helpful for any first year students who want to learn more information about what programs are offered at UFV, and to help with the transition into university.

My mentor has helped me with various areas of my college life, such as time management, project planning, getting involved with college communities, and volunteering to work.

Working with a mentor assisted me in acquiring information about numerous topics such as scholarships, Co-op Program and student clubs/associations. I was also able to get answers to any questions I had about courses such as SLG sessions etc.

I found it very helpful to have someone who is very understanding and supportive to provide insightful information about things that I'm interested in but not familiar with.

I believe my second semester will be more successful than my first. I would recommend it to any first year student!

 

What do students need to know about the program?

Let's hear from your UFV Arts Peer Mentors

Emily  

Overall it’s about connecting. We want to help students be the best they can be. Success comes in many forms.

I think students who give this program a shot will be surprised at how beneficial it can be. I think there's a misconception that it's a huge time commitment and really overwhelming but it really isn't. I meet with my students every two weeks for a 30 minute session and they're free to contact me via email in between.

 

  EMILY

   
Matt  

 Mentors meet with their mentees regularly throughout the semester and are available between meetings via email. By participating in the program, mentees have constant access to someone who knows the ropes, making it easier to navigate both the academic and social aspects of university life.

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.

  MATT

   
Dave  

There were a few students who shied away from participating as they didn’t think they could fit it into their schedule.  It might come across as a big time commitment, but it really isn’t.  Mentors and mentees work together with their schedules to ensure that those who desire to participate are able to do so.

It's such a beneficial resource to have someone who has been through three or four years of university who can directly answer your questions and work alongside you to develop strategies to tackle the challenges of university.

    DAVE

   
Megan  

 

I think as a whole we just hope to achieve first year student success.  Whether that's higher grades or just seeing them adjust and get involved or even just gaining confidence so they can make their university experience the best possible one. That would be an achievement in my books!

It's so cool that sometimes something small like learning a new time management trick or study skills can make a big difference in someone's life and it's nice to see that. 

  MEGAN

   

 



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