ARE YOU GOING TO BE IN FOURTH YEAR OF OPTOMETRY PROGRAMME OPTOMETRY IN 2019?
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN BEING A MENTOR TO FIRST YEAR OPTOMETRY AND VISION SCIENCE STUDENTS?
The University of New South Wales, Sydney has implemented a peer mentoring program and we are now recruiting mentors for the Optometry program in 2019. This program revolves around social interaction and support rather than academic tutoring.
Why a Mentoring Program?
We all remember how difficult it can be adjusting from High School to University. This holds particularly in Optometry where most of the courses in the first session of first year are servicing courses (basic sciences) and we can be left wondering what this has to do with Optometry and whether, perhaps, we have made the right choice. Those of you in the latter years of the program now understand the importance of having the foundation of these disciplines and applying them to what you do now.
We need your help
The School is committed to helping students through what can be a very difficult period in their university life and needs a number of volunteers to be trained as mentors. You will be required to attend a training session for one day later this year (morning tea and lunch will be provided) at the University. Your commitment after that will be to present a brief talk to commencing students during O-Week and then ‘mentor’ a small group of students (the mentees) in the ways of UNSW life for approximately one hour per week for the first eight weeks of Session 1. Please consider this program seriously – the time commitment is not huge and the rewards are potentially great in the way of personal satisfaction. The experience itself would have many benefits and mentors receive a certificate which helps in a CV to demonstrate your commitment to the community of the profession.
If you are interested, please fill out the webform by Tuesday, 8th October 2018.
Professor Fiona Stapleton
Head, School of Optometry and Vision Science
Dr Pauline Kang
Academic Coordinator of the Peer Support Program