Arts Peer Mentoring

We want every student to feel welcome and supported at Monash right from the start. That’s why we’re matching every first-year student with a peer mentor from the Faculty of Arts to ease their transition to university life and help them build friendships.

Mentoring will take place across the semester with four main sessions:

  1. Welcome and connect
  2. You and our University
  3. You and your study success
  4. You and your assessments

Beyond this, mentors will check in and offer support at various times. Throughout the program, there will be social events and professional development opportunities for both mentors and mentees to attend.

Become a peer mentor and help guide new students from your faculty as they transition to university and settle into Monash.

As a mentor, you’ll share your knowledge and answer questions about adjusting to life at Monash, while gaining important employability skills and opportunities to participate in career development events. You’ll also be able to network with other like-minded student leaders in the program and make a positive impact on others.

If you’re in your final year, you’ll also benefit from the opportunity to receive an alumni mentor as part of the Alumni to Student mentoring program (subject to mentor availability for your needs). This means that with one application, you could be in two programs!

We’re seeking mentors who:

  • Have a desire to help new students get started and succeed at Monash;
  • Are willing to talk about their own university experience;
  • Display strong interpersonal and communication skills; and
  • Have the ability to work with a variety of people from different backgrounds.

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be enrolled as a student for Semester two, 2020 (part-time or full-time study load)
  • Be in your second year of study or above
  • Have a Weighted Average Mark (WAM) of 65 or above
  • Be able to commit to supporting up to 10 commencing students through personal interactions
  • Be able to commit at least 20 hours volunteering throughout the program

To apply:

  • Submit a written application through the application button
  • Complete a video application

Position description

Arts Peer Mentor (pdf, 0.18 mb)

As a new student, you’ll be allocated a peer mentor who will support you in your first year.

Your mentor will be an experienced student from your faculty who can share knowledge and answer your questions about university life. They can show you where to find programs, resources and services at Monash, so you can have an enjoyable and successful first year.

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be a first-year undergraduate student

Once the semester starts, your peer mentor will be in touch.

From the moment you arrive on-campus, you have the opportunity to be paired with a senior student (Ambassador or Leader) during your first year of university.  As a member of the PAL program, you will be invited to social and other events to support you with your studies and settling into university life. These events are hosted by Arts Ambassadors and Leaders.

There will also be university opportunities to be involved in, such as fun networking activities meeting other first-year students across the university.

Your Ambassador or Leader (mentor) will be an experienced senior student from your faculty, who can share knowledge and answer your questions about university life. They can show you where to find programs, resources, and services at Monash, to help you have an enjoyable and successful first year.

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be a first-year student at Monash University

Starting university was a bit overwhelming at first. From endless elective choices to huge assignments, so many things were different and new. Being a Peer in first year helped smooth the transition to university life as there was always someone to help answer some of the questions I had.

- Nilu

Transitioning from high school to university life was daunting for me at first but joining the PAL program made this an exciting and enjoyable experience. In particular, the exam tips workshops have allowed me to adjust to the requirements of university assessment and the social events have helped me form many great friendships.

- Nathaniel

Arts PAL was a really important part of my transition into Monash. Making robust social connections wherever I go is a priority for me, and I think I'd stand to learn as much from any mentees as they would learn from me. I feel well-acquainted with the libraries and other important locations on campus, and I've got the patience to explain the ins and outs to disoriented newcomers.

- Victor

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Important Dates

Mentor applications open Monday 1 June
Mentor applications close Monday 20 July
Mentee invitations July 2020
Program commences Monday 3 August

Program Contact

Mentoring at Monash

Arts Peer Mentoring

Length: 6 months

Program type: Peer to Peer

Location: Clayton; Caulfield

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