Flinders’ peer mentors play a highly-valued and valuable role in the life of Flinders students. They make an important contribution to the well-being of new Flinders students.
Peer mentoring is about establishing a supportive, often role-modelling relationship with a fellow student who is in the same College or degree (a peer).
This relationship enables the mentor to transmit their acquired understanding of an institutional or course/degree culture to that peer (mentee) to facilitate their successful transition into University life. The mentee is encouraged to elicit information from the mentor that they feel they need at a particular time or in a particular circumstance. One helps the other to get to know the shared environment, usually in an informal or loosely structured way.
Ideally, peer mentors build a relationship with their mentees over time, usually over the course of the semester. The mentor/mentee situation is voluntary in that both mentor and mentee can opt out whenever they want to. The outcomes of the mentor/mentee meetings are most often driven by the interests, well-being or study-related needs of the mentee.
A Flinders peer mentor:
- must be a currently-enrolled Flinders University student who has successfully completed at least one year of study,
- have already managed to negotiate their University studies successfully,
- is a student who is interested in assisting new students to successfully make the transition to university life,
- is willing to share their own knowledge, expertise and experience with others to help them get the most out of their time at Flinders.
How do I become a peer mentor?
If you are interested in becoming a mentor or would like to know more about the Flinders mentoring program, you can contact the Transition Office Mentoring Coordinator.