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Sophie: “why I chose to become a student mentor”

5 February 2020

“Hi, my name is Sophie and I was a Student Mentor in my second year of university.

I found the scheme very rewarding as I was able to help first year students as they started their university life. In my meetings I covered topics including housing and referencing, which I believe are topics that are helpful to new students, as I struggled with these in my first year.

I myself had a student mentor when I began university and found it incredibly helpful, therefore that’s why I decided to join the scheme.

In my third year of university I was a Mentor Consultant, leading a group of second year Mentors. For this certificate I ran two meetings to help my Mentors with any issues they were encountering on the scheme, however each meeting I received a positive response and found my Mentors were really enjoying the scheme.

The benefits of the scheme were being able to use skills that I have learnt from school and college to then go on to help university students settling into their new university life. I would recommend everyone to take part in the scheme, as I have found it an incredibly rewarding experience that will help me in my future career.”

We are recruiting new volunteer Student Mentors now!

Help new first years in your school, gain employability skills and get a certificate! Search “Student Mentor” on the intranet to access the role description and online application form and apply by Friday 6 March. All student mentors receive full training, supervision and support – we are here to help you in your role. We welcome applications from undergraduate students who will be returning to campus in September 2020.

Sophie, School of History, Archaeology and Religion

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