Orientation Mentorship Program

First year students? 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 a mentorship program 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, that can create a stress free transition into their new life as a post-secondary student.


 

WHEN IS IT?

The Orientation Mentorship Program is a 3 month program that would commence before arrival to the University of Alberta Residence. This way, the mentee has the opportunity to connect with their mentor, and ask any questions they may have about the move in process. The program will then run throughout the month of September and into October, with scheduled check ins for the mentor to ensure the mentee is getting the best out of their 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 questions, like “does my room come with a garbage can, or do I have to bring my own?” Having a mentor will create a comfortable and stress free transition for you.

Apply HERE by July 31, 2018!

LOOKING TO BE A MENTOR?

The Orientation Mentorship Program could not work without the incredible support of our Mentors for our mentees. The Mentors will provide support and guidance to new students coming into our Residence Community and will have serious impacts on these residents’ experience. The transition into post-secondary can be tough, become a mentor and help cultivate a welcoming, positive, and supportive arrival for new residents. Mentors will gain valuable leadership skills and experience, and will have their involvement as a mentor recognized on their co-curricular record.

Eligibility of Mentors:

Mentors should be living in a UAlberta residence for the upcoming academic year.

Apply To Become a Mentor by submitting your cover letter and resume to Caitlin McLeod, Supervisor Residence Life Leadership & Education, caitlin.mcleod@ualberta.ca

MENTOR PROFILES

What are your interests/any extracurriculars that you take part in?
“I am currently an executive member for the University of Alberta Rotaract club, which is a humanitarian club that has many volunteering opportunities such as the Ronald McDonald house and fundraising for different charities, such as ‘Roots of Change’. I enjoy volunteering with the University such as the Open house and Science FunDay. In my spare time I enjoy cross-country running, reading and watching Grey’s Anatomy.”
Why did you choose to become an Orientation Mentor?
“I felt becoming a Orientation Mentor would be a great way to help new students navigate their first few months at the University and I was a mentee my first year and I know how reassuring it can be to have someone giving you advice and tips in the early months.”
What is your go to study spot OR coffee shop on/near campus?
“I enjoy studying at Cameron library basement, there are cubicles and it's a quiet floor, so you can get a lot of work done with no distractions.”
I can help my Mentee with…
• Study skills and note taking habits
• Getting involved on campus
• Coming to campus from outside of Edmonton or Alberta


What are your interests/any extracurriculars that you take part in?
“Swimming, reading, hiking, gardening, almost anything outdoors”
Why did you choose to become an Orientation Mentor?
“To help with first year students' transition into university life.”
What is your go to study spot OR coffee shop on/near campus?
“The ALES building's glass room. Or Block 1912 on Whyte Ave.”
I can help my Mentee with…
• Navigating campus and the Edmonton community
• Coming to campus from a rural community
• Navigating campus and the Edmonton community


What are your interests/any extracurriculars that you take part in?
“I enjoy reading novels in my spare time. On top of my schoolwork, I am also involved in the university's Mixed Chorus and the Bollywood dance club.”
Why did you choose to become an Orientation Mentor?
“I want to help ease the transition from living at home to living in residence, as well as give students a person to ask mundane or personal questions that they might be embarrassed or intimidated to ask RAs.”
What is your go to study spot OR coffee shop on/near campus?
“You're most likely to find me in the Second Cup in CCIS or the Tim Hortons in CAB.”
I can help my Mentee with…
• Study skills and note taking habits
• Time management and balance
• Coming to campus from outside of Edmonton or Alberta


What are your interests/any extracurriculars that you take part in?
“Outdoor activities, rock Climbing.”
Why did you choose to become an Orientation Mentor?
“To help other students settle down in a foreign environment and adapt to university life while meeting new first year students.”
What is your go to study spot OR coffee shop on/near campus?
“CAB.”
I can help my Mentee with…
• Study skills and note taking habits
• Maintaining a healthy lifestyle (diet and exercise)
• Adjusting to campus as an International student


What are your interests/any extracurriculars that you take part in?
“I like watching movies, reading, running, badminton, squash and all different kinds of outdoor activities such as cycling and hiking. I am a person who likes to try new things.”
Why did you choose to become an Orientation Mentor?
“When I finished my high school in China and began my university in Canada, everything was new to me and I didn’t know how to get involved in this community. My English was not good during that time, making it difficult for me to make friends. Luckily I changed this situation very quickly by myself. I joined a lot of clubs and devoted myself to various volunteer activities. Then I got to meet plenty of interesting people and made lots of friends. I hope my job as an orientation mentor could help more students achieve a healthy and joyful life in the university.”
What is your go to study spot OR coffee shop on/near campus?
“I prefer to study at the basement of Cameron Library. There are a lot of group study rooms where I could study with my friends and discuss assignments. I don’t often drink coffee but I am a big fan of bubble tea. I like Starbucks’s hot chocolate and Frappuccino. Teapsy is the place where I get bubble tea.”
I can help my Mentee with…
• Study skills and note taking habits
• Navigating campus and the Edmonton community
• Adjusting to campus as an International Student


What are your interests/any extracurriculars that you take part in?
“Volleyball, any sports, reading.”
Why did you choose to become an Orientation Mentor?
“To get involved in my community.”
What is your go to study spot OR coffee shop on/near campus?
“Eighth floor dice.”
I can help my Mentee with…
• Study skills and note taking habits
• Maintaining a healthy lifestyle (mental health and self care)
• Coming to campus from outside of Edmonton or Alberta


What are your interests/any extracurriculars that you take part in?
“Swimming, knitting, colouring, outdoors, Week of Welcome, tutoring.”
Why did you choose to become an Orientation Mentor?
“I love seeing the look on another person’s face when a problem gets solved or a plan is figured out. I utilized tons of support systems in my first year and want to ensure that everyone has access to them!”
What is your go to study spot OR coffee shop on/near campus?
“Second Cup in BioSci, or the couched above the Starbucks in CCIS”
I can help my Mentee with…
• Maintaining a healthy lifestyle (mental health and self care)
• Getting involved on campus
• Resources and supports for accessibility needs


What are your interests/any extracurriculars that you take part in?
“I like to play squash, gym and scuba dive (while I can)!”
Why did you choose to become an Orientation Mentor?
“First year can be overwhelming and it can be hard to adjust to this new life, I'd like to guide first year students to get accustomed to living by themselves and finding a healthy balance between school and life.”
What is your go to study spot OR coffee shop on/near campus?
“Rutherford and Remedy Cafe.”
I can help my Mentee with…
• Maintaining a healthy lifestyle (mental health and self care)
• Adjusting to campus as an International Student
• Career and degree exploration within my Faculty


What are your interests/any extracurriculars that you take part in?
“Piano and music, reading, hiking, yoga, swimming.”
Why did you choose to become an Orientation Mentor?
“I wanted to become a Mentor because I want to take what I learned in my first year and use it to help someone else.”
What is your go to study spot OR coffee shop on/near campus?
“My favorite coffee shop is Leva and my favorite study spots are the lounges in HUB.”
I can help my Mentee with…
• Study skills and note taking habits
• Time management and balance
• Navigating campus and the Edmonton community


What are your interests/any extracurriculars that you take part in?
“Office of sustainability and intramural sports.”
Why did you choose to become an Orientation Mentor?
“I think I could really impact people who need guidance at University.”
What is your go to study spot OR coffee shop on/near campus?
“CCIS, Cameron Library, Second Cup.”
I can help my Mentee with…
• Study skills and note taking habits
• Time management and balance
• Navigating campus and the Edmonton community


 

Apply HERE by July 31 to become a mentee!


Any questions?

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

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