The Mentorship Plus program is seeking senior student mentors who can help first-year students make the transition successfully from high school to university.
The hope is to recruit enough mentors to be matched with 500 first-year students.
This year, 250 senior mentors were matched with first-year students through the program but Jackie Crawford, Mentorship Plus co-ordinator, expects the need to double for the upcoming school year.
Rachel Mervin, a kinesiology student who participated in Mentorship Plus last year, talked about academic matters such as exams and assignments with her mentor, as well as their lives in general.
“The transition to university from high school was really different,” Mervin said. “I needed to know little things, like how to make my way around Mackenzie Chown.”
Her mentor, Amanda Milburn, encouraged Mervin to get involved in the PEKN (Physical Education and Kinesiology) council. The two attended weekly meetings together. They met about once a week to talk about other subjects, such as school and stress, and their goals.
“Once I got matched up with Amanda, I thought ‘This is cool. This program does what it says it’s going to do,’” Mervin said. “I told my housemates… and (they all got) mentors, too.”