Macquarie University Mentors
Macquarie University Mentors is a peer support program that provides guidance to new students at Macquarie University. Our Mentors help new students navigate their first session at Macquarie, with a focus on the social, academic, geographical and administrative aspects of transitioning to university to help new students explore the opportunities available inside and outside the classroom.
Our Mentors are current student volunteers who provide a friendly face for new students when they first arrive on campus, and help them meet some new people through their peer group.
Need a Mentor?
If you're a new student at Macquarie, you should be receiving information about how to select your Macquarie University Mentor. You'll then get an email from your Mentor to introduce themselves and starting from your first week of classes, they send regular emails with tips, advice and suggestions for what's happening on campus and how to make the most of your time here.
Want to join us? Applications for 2019 are now open
What do Mentors do?
Mentors play an important role in supporting students in their transition to university. Starting university can be nerve-racking, exciting and challenging – our Mentors have been there and understand how it feels, as they are students too.
A Mentor helps new students navigate their way through all the information, processes and systems that make up Macquarie, and to make them feel as comfortable as possible during their first few weeks.
Not only will new students have a Mentor, they will have a new group of peers that will create a safe and supportive environment where they can help each other adjust to Macquarie life.
Our Mentors offer their knowledge and advice on the student experience, and help new students start to build this knowledge and develop a sense of belonging to the Macquarie community.
With your Mentor’s guidance and support, you will be able to:
- find your way around the new physical and online learning spaces
- know and understand how to use support services and facilities on offer
- meet other students and staff through events like Orientation
- feel connected to the Macquarie community.
Your Macquarie Mentor can connect you with the right service on campus to help you but they cannot:
- provide official academic advice
- act as a tutor or provide counselling support.
Mentor team leaders
Mentor leaders provide support for Mentors in their role in welcoming and guiding new students to the university. Mentor leaders also can present in formal university events and assist in implementing and developing training programs.
Become a Mentor
Volunteering as a Macquarie University Mentor is a great way to contribute to Macquarie’s community, have fun and gain invaluable skills that will contribute to your employability.
With your personal experience as a student and the training you’ll receive, you’ll be able to answer most questions new students have about Macquarie or appropriately refer them to someone who can. You’ll also be able to facilitate and lead small group activities, and communicate effectively via face-to-face and online media.
Our hands-on training helps you develop essential life skills that employers look for in graduates.
These include (but are not limited to):
- leadership skills
- problem-solving abilities
- effectively working in a team
- communicating effectively with people from a diverse range of backgrounds
To become a Mentor you must:
- have studied at Macquarie for at least one session (or two terms if studying at MUIC)
- plan to enrol in at least one internal unit in Session 1, 2019 (or Terms 1 and 2, 2019 for MUIC students)
- be passionate about enhancing the university experience for new students
- be willing to commit to the mentoring role for one full session (or two terms) and attend compulsory training days and activities.
Connect with your Mentor
You can connect with your Mentor during Orientation. Keep an eye out on the orientation page for updates and don't forget to check your student email for more information about selecting a Mentor if you are a new Macquarie student.