Want to become a Peer Mentor?

Posted by cc576 at Apr 29, 2021 12:38 PM |
Find out how you can help new students settle into student life at university.

From helping you find your feet, to getting you acquainted with life at Leicester, becoming a peer mentor is an important job. For many students, their peer mentor is their first contact for guidance, and tips and tricks to settling into university life.

All in all, the Peer Mentoring scheme is about helping new students settle into life at The University of Leicester through peer- to-peer support. Students in their second year or beyond act as Mentors for first year, campus based undergraduate students, as they are in the perfect position to offer advice having already walked in the same shoes. So, if helping others is a bit of you, become a peer mentor.

Anna, a Biology student and Peer Mentor who volunteered in 2017/18 had this to say about her experience: “Being a peer mentor really made me feel like I was making a difference for my mentees, they could approach me with questions or problems during the often challenging first term. I also learnt some useful skills relating to being a mentor, such as problem solving, peer support, and interpersonal skills, which I feel are transferable to any place of work or study.”

There’s lots to gain from becoming a Peer Mentor. From having the ability to take on as much or as little responsibility as you like to gaining transferrable skills to help you with future career opportunities, being a mentor is flexible, but still provides you with some good experience, plus you get that warm, fuzzy feeling from helping another.

If you are interested in becoming a Peer Mentor, register your interest on the Leicester Students’ Union website. All training is hosted online, if you would like further information, sessions will be held throughout Term 3 to provide you with an insight into what it’s like to volunteer as a Peer Mentor. Please find all sessions available on the Students’ Union website.

*Please note, we cannot accept medical students as Mentors. The medical school run their own family system internally, and are therefore the only department not involved in the scheme this year.

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