Ask Me 2014: wear your badge with honour
13 February 2014
Finding your way around the University can be a daunting task when you are a newcomer, perhaps even more so if you're a student running late for your first lecture (or trying to find the best coffee on campus).
To help make the University a more welcoming, supportive place for all students, Student Support Services is once again encouraging staff to wear an Ask Me badge during orientation and the first two weeks of semester. The badge signals to new students that they can approach you if they have any questions.
Zinnia Sahukar (pictured) had only been in her current role in the Faculty of Science for a couple of months when she donned the Ask Me badge last year.
"I was a bit apprehensive because I was so new to my role and still getting to know the University myself, but I found that many of the students questions were really easy to answer, or I could consult a map or refer the question to other staff or students," said Zinnia. "Even if you don't feel like you know everything about the campus, you should give it a go. I learned a lot about the University just from participating."
Part of the Faculty of Sciences Outreach and Engagement team, Zinnia helps coordinate the mentor program for undergraduates and plans to encourage her student mentors to also wear Ask Me badges in the first few weeks of semester.
Campus Assist Officer Keith Taylor shared Zinnia's positive experiences of the program. "If you love helping people, you should get involved," he said. "I've still got my badge in my locker from last year, so I'll be taking part again for sure."
Keith and many of his colleagues in the Campus Assist team have been proud Ask Me participants for the last few semesters, drawing on their seasoned campus smarts to help new students as they get used to uni.
"It's a great way of really engaging with students, embracing the whole 'student/teaching' experience and taking on the role of an ambassador for the University," said another Campus Assist Officer, David Cataldi.
If you would like to get involved in the Ask Me 2014 program, please order your badge now.