Student mentors recognised at special event

29 August 2013

Remona Mekdessi and Emily MillerSylvia Qiu, Anthony Truong and Patrick Brady

Student mentors from the Faculty of Health Science were celebrated for their efforts mentoring first-year students at the 'Inspired by Alumni' event on Thursday 15 August.

The mentors, who are part of the student-led Belong@FHS program, were presented with certificates thanking them for their work in helping first-year students in their transition to university. Nine Faculty alumni also took part in a panel discussion whereby current students could ask questions and hear how each forged their career path after graduation.

The consensus among those students that attended was hugely positive with comments stressing the value of the evening, "the alumni were inspiring and gave us a taste of the wide range of things we can do when we graduate" and "I feel like I really have made the right choice picking this degree and am feeling highly motivated to achieve."

Organised with the help of Belong@FHS, the event was an opportunity to bring together the FHS community of past and current students, "to remind our mentors and alumni of that same sense of community and belonging" said First Year Experience Coordinator Dr Melanie Nguyen. "It was also an opportunity for our alumni to reconnect with the Faculty, share some of their experiences and build that sense of identity".

The nine alumni in attendance were: Michael Dickson, Kate Faber, Jackie Lauff, Amy Hicks, Karn Ghosh, Dr Leigha Dark, Peggy Huang and Dayna Veraguth. "Our alumni have made a contribution to the next generation of graduates who have, in turn, made a contribution to our new students" said Alumni Relations Manager Maria Humphreys.