Melbourne Peer Mentoring Program

In the Melbourne Peer Mentoring 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

What’s On

Mentor Mixer

Welcome Semester 2 Mentors! Our Faculty Peer Leaders would like to connect with you before your mentoring sessions start for the semester. Your Peer Leaders will be a source of guidance for you during your time as mentors, so it is a great time to start getting to know one another. Creating, contributing and facilitating community is a key focus of the Melbourne Peer Mentoring Program (MPMP) program and your Peer Leaders would like to welcome you!

  • When: Friday 31 July, 1 - 2.30pm.
  • Where: Zoom (you will receive a link via your student email)

MPMP Semester 2 launch party

It’s a mid-winter, X-mas in July themed social event. The MPMP Semester 2 Launch Party is a great way to meet your fellow mentors, mentees and Peer Leaders and to engage with the Arts MPMP community. There will be prizes for best dressed, you could wear a X-mas themed sweater, t-shirt or hat and be in the running for a voucher!

  • When: Thursday 6 August, 1 - 2pm.
  • Where: Zoom (you will receive a link via your student email)

Peer Mentoring in the Faculty of Arts

First Year Mentees

As a first-year student you will be a part of the Peer Mentoring 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.

Download the my.uniLife app to chat to your group members and prepare for your first session!

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
  • Your volunteering being recognised as part of the Leaders in Communities Award
  • 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!

Meet our Peer Leaders

The Faculty of Arts has a great group of Peer Leaders who are here to support our Mentors. Peer Leaders are current University of Melbourne students who have a range of experience in mentoring, supporting students and student programs.

You will be allocated your own Peer Leader/s, who will be able to get to know you over the course of the program, check in with you regularly to offer support and will be someone you can reach out to for advice and guidance.

Aidan Carter

Aidan Carter

Aidan is a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) / Diploma in Languages graduate from the University of Melbourne. Following graduation he has worked at a number of universities in Melbourne in both teaching and research roles.

During his time as a student, Aidan volunteered within various mentoring programmes and continues to mentor students as a Residential Tutor at Janet Clarke Hall College.

For Aidan, mentoring is an ideal opportunity to pass on the skills he has learned throughout his time at university, not solely regarding university study, but also the world outside of university. Aidan hopes to use his experience and outgoing personality to continue to find the most engaging ways to create connections between mentors and mentees, particularly in online formats.

Laura van Rens

Laura van Rens

Laura is a Bachelor of Arts graduate from the University of Melbourne and is currently in her final year of her Master of Marketing Communications.

Laura sees mentoring as an excellent way to share the insight she has gained throughout her many years of study. She believes that sharing past mistakes and their lessons is a great way to help students feel more comfortable as they pursue their studies.

By leaning on her leadership experience through various student societies, Laura hopes to help mentors uncover and strengthen their own leadership abilities, allowing them to create a fulfilling experience for themselves in the MPMP and their mentees.

Rachel Chen

Rachel Chen

Rachel (aka Wen-Lei) graduated from the University of Melbourne with Bachelor of Arts degree in Japanese Studies and French Studies. Currently she studies at the Melbourne Law School as a first year Juris Doctor (JD) student and is also a concurrent Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) leader for the Faculty of Arts.

During her time as an undergraduate student, she participated in various mentoring programs such as the French Peer Mentoring Program which inspired her to become a mentor herself to assist other students/mentors like her as she realised the importance of having guidance and support.

Rachel will be working as part of the Melbourne Peer Mentoring Program team to motivate and empower mentors as they provide valuable support for first year students!

Bridie Cochrane-Holley

Bridie Cochrane-Holley

Bridie is a first-year Juris Doctor (JD) student at the Melbourne Law School. She completed her Bachelor of Arts in Ancient World Studies and Diploma in Languages in French in 2019, whilst also mentoring and welcoming first-year students to Arts at Melbourne.

She says that “mentoring is a great way to use your own experiences, both trials and triumphs to help someone else start off on the front foot”.

Having already supported first-year mentees previously, Bridie will be moving on to helping prepare, support the mentors within the program, so that they can then best support their first-year students and welcome them into the Arts community.

Alysha Trainor

Alysha Trainor

Alysha is in her third year of the Bachelor of Arts, completing a major in psychology. What she enjoys most about mentoring is the opportunity to help new students pursue their interests and discover the exciting array of academic and extracurricular programs on offer.

As a Peer Leader for the Melbourne Peer Mentoring Program, she supports mentors to build meaningful connections with fellow students and become leaders in the university community.

Elodie Pert

Elodie Pert

Elodie is currently studying a Masters in Arts and Cultural Management and has previously completed a BA and Honours in Ancient World Studies and Anthropology and Social Theory.

She has been a Mentor with the University and the Faculty of Arts since 2015 and has really enjoyed helping new students feel welcome at University, making genuine connections, and helping students to make the most out of their university experience.

She plans on using her experience mentoring within the University to help create pragmatic approaches and solutions within the program and to offer practical assistance and support to Mentors to help them navigate their role.

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 Mentoring Program website.

Contact us

If you want to reach out to ask about the Melbourne Peer Mentoring 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

Nadia Aly
Program Coordinator
Student Life, Faculty of Arts

Emily Midford
Program Officer Student Life
Faculty of Arts

Caitlin Patane
Program Administrator Student Life
Faculty of Arts

Email

Email: arts-studentlife@unimelb.edu.au

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