Melbourne Peer Mentor Program

In the Melbourne Peer Mentor Program, newly commencing Bachelor of Arts students are supported to navigate their transition to University; make new social connections with other first year students; and access helpful advice.

Faculty of Arts Peer Mentoring Program

Peer Mentor in the Faculty of Arts

First Year Mentees

As a first-year student you will be a part of the Melbourne Peer Mentor Program and matched with a group of your peers and a Peer Mentor. In your meetings, you will have opportunities to forge friendships and hear more about University services available. You will meet with your mentoring group on a regular basis throughout the semester.

For more information on Melbourne Peer Mentor Program, access the Student Portal and check out the  "Advising and Mentoring" link  in the navigation bar  at the top of the page.

Mentors

As Peer Mentors, you will support students to navigate their first semester and give tips on how to maximise the opportunities offered within the Faculty of Arts and the wider University community.

The benefits of becoming a Mentor include:

  • Opportunities to grow your leadership potential
  • Developing your intercultural awareness and communication skills
  • New friendships and opportunities to give back to the Faculty of Arts and University community

As Peer Mentors, you are not expected to have the answers to all the questions a mentee might ask or replace academic and professional assistance provided by the University. Instead, you will model help-seeking behaviours, guide and support new students, encourage them to work things out for themselves and help them to find their own solutions. You will be supported as a Peer Mentor by an experienced group of Peer Leaders and the Arts Student Life Team.

Testimonials

Isabelle – 2020 Arts Mentor

Isabelle – 2020 Arts Mentor

My proudest moment about this program has been seeing the engagement between my mentees outside of our mentoring sessions. Whether it is their banter in the sessions or their comments on each other’s Facebook posts, I find great joy in the fact they have built genuine friendships from meeting each other at our first mentoring session.

Reina – 2020 Arts Mentor

Reina – 2020 Arts Mentor

My favourite part of the program is the opportunity for me to assist other students in understanding what resources are available for them.

I’m honoured to have been a part of this program, and I thank my Peer Leaders for the help and support they provided for the Peer Mentors.

Steph – 2020 Arts Mentor

Steph – 2020 Arts Mentor

The best element of the program was that it was an opportunity to make friends and form connections with those who are going through similar first year experiences as a mentee or had gone through it already as a mentor - and especially during the Covid-19 quarantine as the program adjusted quickly to support the needs of first years. I am also glad I got to improve my leadership and communication skills during this time.  

Thank you for supporting mentors too!

Get Involved – apply to become a Peer Mentor

Mentoring in the Faculty of Arts is a rewarding volunteering opportunity. If you are interested in applying and would like further information on time commitment and eligibility, please visit the Apply to become a peer mentor web page.

Frequently asked questions

You can find a range of FAQ’s and answers on the Melbourne Peer Mentor Program website.

Contact us

If you want to reach out to ask about the Melbourne Peer Mentor Program, need help as a mentee or mentor or simply need to provide feedback – we would love to hear from you!

Arts Student Life Team

James Wilsdon
Program Coordinator
Student Life, Faculty of Arts

Dan Allemann
Program Officer Student Life
Faculty of Arts

Maree Stathoulis
Program Officer Student Life
Faculty of Arts

Submit an enquiry

You can contact us directly by submitting an enquiry here.

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