What's the time commitment?
You’ll need to be able to commit about 20 hours to this program altogether. This includes:
(i) Participating in two training sessions:
- an introduction session with the Student Support Programs team followed by a specially designed Mentor Training session delivered by CAPS and Student Services on Friday 29 November 2013
- a half-day session on Friday 21 February 2014 (the Friday before O-Week)
(ii) Completing two online training activities (one in December 2013 and one in February 2014)
(iii) Participating in our Welcome Day for incoming first year students on Monday 24 February 2014. (This is the Monday of O-Week, where you will first meet the students you will be mentoring)
(iv) Meeting face-to-face with the students you are mentoring one more time during the 'official' O-Week period (Wednesday 26 February - Friday 28 February 2014).
(v) The Mentor Taskforce will be asked to join us for additional events and initiatives such as 'Campus at Dusk' session in Week 1, Study Hall, and enrolment support.
(v) Keeping in touch with your first year students over the first few weeks of semester, and being available to respond if they contact you. It will be up to you and the first year students in your group to decide exactly how you’d like to stay in touch: through face2face meetings, by email, sms, Facebook, and Twitter etc
(vi) Checking in to our on-line discussion board regularly and making contributions.
Some of you may like to get involved in some extra activities and help us to ensure that our program runs smoothly and successfully! We'd really love to have your help and input. Of course your involvement will be rewarded by an additional certificate at the end of the program (always handy for the job interviews!!).
Members of the Mentor Taskforce assist with welcoming first year students when they come to enrol at the end of January (or during February in the case of International Students) and helping to advertise the Program to them. Taskforce members also get together to lend a hand with practical activities e.g. setting up rooms for training sessions and Degree Forums, contributing material for our website and online discussion board, and assembling Mentor Training Packs in February and joining us for the 'Campus at Dusk' session in Week 1.
You’ll hear more about the Taskforce at the first training session, and we’ll have a sign-up site if you’d like to volunteer. Go for it!