Orientation Mentorship Program

First year student? Connect with an experienced upper year resident.
Returning to residence? Become a mentor to a new first year resident and share your experience!

WHAT IS IT?

The Orientation Mentorship Program is designed to match incoming first year students with experienced upper year students. All students seeking mentorship are welcome to apply. This program will give these students a connection to an upper year student who has already lived in residence and experienced attending university. Our goal is to provide residents with mentors who have similar interests and experiences so they can have a stress free transition into their new life as a post-secondary student.

Apply to be a mentee and be paired with an Orientation Mentor prior to Move In Day—they can answer all of your questions before you arrive! After move in, connect with your mentor over the first three months through coffee meetups or texts to ease into university and residence life. Spots are limited so apply today!

Applications close Friday, July 26, 2019

 

WHEN IS IT?

The Orientation Mentorship Program is a 3 month program that starts before your arrival in residence. Connect with your mentor and ask any questions you may have about the move in process! The program will then run into October, with scheduled checkins with your mentor to ensure you're getting the best out of your residence and university experience.

 

LOOKING FOR A PEER MENTOR? BECOME A MENTEE!

The Orientation Mentorship Program is here to support first year students who are feeling unsure or unprepared for their residence and university experience. As a mentee in this program, you will have the chance to connect weekly with a mentor who has been in your shoes, lived in residence, and can answer all of your questions. Having a mentor will create a comfortable and stress free transition for you.

Mentors are here to provide support and guidance to new students coming into residence. The transition into post-secondary can be tough, but having a mentor can help make it a welcoming and positive experience for you!

Interested in becoming a mentee? Check out the mentor bios below and then click here to apply!

 

MENTOR PROFILES

2nd year Sciences

Why did you become an Orientation Mentor?
I became an Orientation Mentor because I wanted to help students have a smooth transition into university life!

What are some of your interests or extracurricular activities?
My interests include Drag, thrift shopping, make-up, visiting museums, and working out!

What can you help your mentee(s) with?
I am looking forward to helping my mentee(s) with adjusting to campus as international students, finding LGBTQ+ resources and connections on campus, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle especially focusing on mental health.

2nd year Science

Why did you become an Orientation Mentor?
I became an Orientation Mentor because in my first year I had a very good support system who helped me with the transition into university and I want to help new students so they can have a good first year too!

What are some of your interests or extracurricular activities?
I am a part of the Science FUNdamentals group and I also love to swim!

What can you help your mentee(s) with?
I can help my mentee(s) learn new study skills, time management, and more about navigating the campus and Edmonton communities.

3rd year Engineering

Why did you become an Orientation Mentor?
I want to help and be able to have a positive impact on someone’s life as they transition into university.

What are some of your interests or extracurricular activities?
I really enjoy basketball, volleyball and being outdoors!

What can you help your mentee(s) with?
I am excited to help my mentee(s) learn more about maintaining a healthy lifestyle, getting involved on campus, and the importance of finding a good school/life balance!

3rd year Engineering

Why did you become an Orientation Mentor?
In my first year I felt like I would have benefitted from some more guidance during those first couple of months, and I want to help provide that support for others.

What are some of your interests or extracurricular activities?
I love volunteering, wheelchair basketball, knitting/crafting, neurotechnology, and of course, Netflix!

What can you help your mentee(s) with?
I want to help my mentee(s) with career and degree exploration within Science and provide them with information on resources for accessibility needs and how to get involved on campus!

3rd year Arts

Why did you become an Orientation Mentor?
I became an Orientation Mentor so that I could use my personal experiences in residence to help new students. There is so much more outside of campus and I can’t wait to share that with my mentee(s)!

What are some of your interests or extracurricular activities?
I volunteer with various groups around Edmonton such as the Ronald McDonald House and Belgravia Elementary School. I also love creative arts and am always interested in exploring new cafés and restaurants.

What can you help your mentee(s) with?
I can help my mentee(s) adjust to campus as international students and can also help with navigating a part-time job and how to get involved on and off campus!

2nd year Engineering

Why did you become an Orientation Mentor?
I was a mentee in my first year and it was such a valuable and useful experience! I want to recreate that same experience for others and help students adjust to their new homes.

What are some of your interests or extracurricular activities?
I am a big fan of Lister Dodgeball and I also love to volunteer!

What can you help your mentee(s) with?
I can help my mentee(s) with information on maintaining a healthy lifestyle as well as study tips and time management skills which are important for their school.

3rd year Science

Why did you become an Orientation Mentor?
I was a Resident Assistant last year and is was such a rewarding experience. I wanted to continue to help students even outside of the RA role!

What are some of your interests or extracurricular activities?
I love to play piano, guitar, and sing. I also love dental assisting and volunteering with science demos at elementary schools!

What can you help your mentee(s) with?
I want to help with study skills and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, focusing specifically on mental wellness. I can also help students from rural communities adjust to life in a city!

3rd year Science

Why did you become an Orientation Mentor?
I want to be a friendly face for someone so they have a person to go to for advice or for help finding campus resources and community connections.

What are some of your interests or extracurricular activities?
I am involved with the University Improv Group and I also enjoy music, art, and horse riding!

What can you help your mentee(s) with?
I want to help my mentee(s) learn how to maintain a healthy lifestyle and also where to find campus resources and supports. I also can help with study skills too!

3rd year Science

Why did you become an Orientation Mentor?
I became an Orientation Mentor to help students successfully adjust to university life.

What are some of your interests or extracurricular activities?
I enjoy drawing, manga, and music!

What can you help your mentee(s) with?
I am hoping to help with how to navigate the campus and Edmonton communities, especially for those who are unfamiliar with the city. However, I can also help with maintaining a healthy lifestyle and study tips!

3rd year Nursing

Why did you become an Orientation Mentor?
I became an Orientation Mentor to help new students transition smoothing into their first year of university by being someone new students can come to for advice or just to ask any questions that they may have.

What are some of your interests or extracurricular activities?
I like to spend time with my friends and family and, being from the Okanagan Valley, I love the outdoors!

What can you help your mentee(s) with?
I can help my mentee(s) adjust to life in Edmonton and also with maintaining a healthy lifestyle, especially when it comes to self-care and mental health!

2nd year Science

Why did you become an Orientation Mentor?
I love welcoming new students to the U of A and using my experiences to help make campus feel a bit smaller. I hope to help set my mentee(s) up for success in their first year here!

What are some of your interests or extracurricular activities?
I am a part of Week of Welcome, the Neuroscience Students Association, and the Table Tennis Club! I consider myself a ping pong enthusiast, but I also enjoy hiking, cats, and badminton.

What can you help your mentee(s) with?
I can provide them with study tips and information on how to get involved on campus. I can also help them learn about mental wellness and the importance of self-care!

3rd year Arts

Why did you become an Orientation Mentor?
I became an Orientation Mentor because I want to welcome incoming students and be there to help them in any way that I can.

What are some of your interests or extracurricular activities?
I am a part of the Creative Writing Club!

What can you help your mentee(s) with?
I can help my mentee(s) by providing them with study and time management tips and information on getting involved on campus and career/degree exploration within my faculty!

 


QUESTIONS?

Contact Caitlin McLeod - Supervisor, Residence Life Leadership & Education
caitlin.mcleod@ualberta.ca

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