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5 May 2021

Help other SEBE students and boost your CV: become a Peer Mentor

Would you like to help new SEBE students settle into life at Deakin, while developing your own skills and establishing new networks? Consider becoming a Peer Mentor for Trimester 2 as part of our Peer Support Network (PSN) Program.

If you’re an established student with at least two completed trimesters under your belt and a minimum WAM (weighted average mark) of 70, you’re eligible to help commencing SEBE students adjust to university.

Mentors meet with their mentees face-to-face in small groups for the first five weeks of trimester. You’ll share tips and tricks for achieving success, and demystify some of the ins and outs of your study area.

From navigating DeakinSync to getting around, from finding resources to becoming involved on campus, you’ll help your mentee with all the essentials of university life. 

From mentee to mentor: why Kayla loves the PSN Program

Kayla Chrisp became a Peer Mentor after experiencing the benefits of the SEBE PSN Program in her first year at Deakin:

SEBE Peer Mentor Kayla Chrisp

‘The main reason I became a Mentor is because of how hard my first year was at uni. I had just moved from a small country town to Burwood, nearly three hours away from my friends, family and pretty much everything I knew.

‘I felt very overwhelmed and quite homesick in my first few weeks at university, and the Mentor Program was helpful because I had people there who I could talk to and relate to.

‘They gave me tips and tricks to help me settle into a completely new environment and learn how everything at university works – from assignments and referencing to all the different services and opportunities. Without the Peer Support Network, I would have struggled a lot more to transition from a small rural high school to a huge university.

‘I chose to apply to be a Mentor so I can be there for anyone who may be struggling through their transition into university. I’d like to be a person that others feel comfortable coming to for help, or just for a chat. So far the program has helped me to meet new people and make some good friends, as well as learn more about university and all the different things available to us here.’

Sign up to become a SEBE Peer Mentor!

We’d love for you to join the program. Find all the info about eligibility and training dates, along with the online form you’ll need to complete, or email [email protected] with any questions.

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