Macquarie University Mentors

Macquarie University Mentors

Macquarie University Mentors is a peer support program that provides support and guidance to new students at Macquarie University.

What is a Macquarie University Mentor?

Our mentors are current student volunteers who provide a friendly face for new students when they first arrive on campus, and help them meet new people through their peer group.

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 Week
  • 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 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.

If you would like to be a Macquarie University International College mentor, visit the College's get involved page.

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 completed at least one session of full-time study at Macquarie
  • be enrolled into at least one internal unit for the session
  • be willing and committed to attend compulsory training and program events
  • have a passion for helping students
Session 1, 2017 Mentor applications are closed.

Selecting a mentor

The mentor selector is now open for Session 1, 2017.

Step one

Enter your Student ID number

Step two

Read about our mentors. You’ll get to see their first name, degree and a little bio about them.

Step three

Select your mentor.

Step four

You should hear from your mentor within a week via your student email.

After selecting a mentor, students will receive an email from their mentor with details about when they’ll first meet (during O Week) and the different ways they can get in touch with them. At O Week, new students will meet their peer group and decide on how they’ll stay in touch for the rest of the session.

If you have questions about selecting a mentor, email mentors@mq.edu.au.

Connect with your mentor

You can connect with your Mentor during O Week in Session 1, 2017. Keep an eye out on the orientation page for updates. O Week takes place from Monday 20 February to Friday 24 February 2017.

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