Peer mentoring group registration 2020

Peer mentees benefit from the experience and advice of fourth year students. The School of Optometry and Vision Science, along with the University generally, have a huge number of opportunities for students. Peer mentors are there to help you make the most of Uni life by hitting the ground running. There are also plenty of differences between high school and university that peer mentors can help you navigate. As fourth years, your mentors will also have experience of the classes you will soon be doing. Their knowledge and experience can give you a leg up. 

The peer mentoring program is also an opportunity to begin making friends with your new peers and the friends you make during university may end up being your friends for life. Also, Optometry and Vision Science, like all degrees, can be challenging at times so developing a group of study buddies early on is a great way to help your academic progress. 

2015 peer mentoring program
2015 UNSW peer mentoring team

Enrol in a Peer Mentoring Group here:

Click on the groups below to view our mentor's bios and check the group's availabilities. Once you have chosen a group that works for you, enrol by following the relevant link. 

Mentees, please make sure you only enrol in one group only. spaces are limited to ten mentees per group. Once you have enrolled in a group, we will get in touch with you to organise the next steps.

If you have any difficulties or questions, contact Michelle Wanandy: m.wanandy@unsw.edu.au

Arveen Venzon Louisa Deng Mathushah Satheesan Aaron Wai Tse
Arveen Venson
Louisa Deng
Mathushah Satheesan
Aaron Tse
 Arveen was born in the rural province of San Fernando Pampanga in the Philippines. At an early age, he developed an interest in health and medicine with the goal to provide proper health care in poverty-stricken areas in the Philippines.
He is currently a proactive optometry student that is working as a clinical assistant in the Centre for Eye Health (CFEH) and as an optical stylist and dispenser at Bailey Nelson. His hobbies include fashion designing and styling (Men’s Fashion), various sports such as tennis, rock climbing, soccer and online gaming, going to the beach and reading the classics.
He is currently working on his clinical research experience with a specific interest in Dry Eye treatments. One of his proudest achievements was being given the opportunity to present a high school TED talk on the topic of poverty at Liverpool Boys High School in 2014.

Hello! My name is Louisa and I’m currently a 4th year optometry student. I look forward to meeting you and I hope that you will have a great time at university! 

My past work experience related to optometry was an optical assistant at Specsavers, and at an independent optometry store. Currently, I’m a lens cleaner at Oscar Wylee, ensuring the display frames are free of fingerprints.

My hobbies include reading, drawing and finding images of cute or funny dogs on social media, especially shiba inu’s. I like to play indoor sports such as badminton, when I have the spare time.

Mathushah has a natural interest in ocular pathologies and healthcare which made her choose Optometry as a degree. With a keen interest in diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma, Mathushah hopes to work with ophthalmologists in the future. She wants to support and guide fellow Optometry students so they will have a fun and holistic experience. She is an active member in Fred Hollows and Red cross Youth. In her free time, Mathushah does freelance writing and singing. 

My name is Aaron Tse, and I am a Vision Science/Optometry student progressing into my 4th year at UNSW. As a passionate optometry student, I aim to extend my academic abilities by currently working in the optometric workforce as an optical dispenser, tending to the visual needs of patients requiring eyecare services. As university can be a rewarding yet challenging experience at times, I also aim to maintain a balanced lifestyle by actively involving myself in sports such as swimming and tennis, as well as committing to weekly activities at my local church.

 

As a peer mentor, I hope to enlighten students’ understanding of the optometry profession and the privilege of having the opportunity to study a prestigious degree at one of the leading universities in the world.

Availabilities:
Monday at 9am - 5pm
Tuesday: 9am - 1pm  -  and 3pm - 5pm 
Wednesday: 3pm - 5pm
Thursday at 9am - 11am and 1pm - 2pm
Friday at 2pm - 5pm

Register with group one here

Julia Lam Ivy Ta Star Qiu
Julia Lam
Ivy Ta
Star Qiu
Julia Lam is currently studying Optometry at UNSW and has been working as an Optical Assistant at Specsavers for the last 2 years. Her hobbies include sports such as Basketball and Netball. She is also a Disney movies enthusiast and would be down for a ‘Harry Potter’ movie marathon any day! Her phobia of birds and her quality of being ambidextrous makes her unique. Yet, like most people, she’s a girl who values friendships and kindness and will always be open to giving a helping hand. Don’t be afraid to approach her! Ivy is entering her 4th year of study at UNSW. On the weekends, you would likely find her working as an optical assistant at Specsavers. When given the luxury of free time, she scrolls through Tik Tok and Instagram, or would binge watch some of her favourite TV sitcoms. She is grateful for her Spotify artist of the decade, Drake, for supporting her throughout many stressful exam periods over the years. She is super excited to meet the new first year students and guide them through their transition to university life. Star Qiu is a fourth year Master of Clinical Optometry student at UNSW. For the last two and a half years, he has worked as an optical dispenser on weekends, and especially enjoys the hands-on aspect of applying the skills and knowledge learnt from the classroom.  Star’s favourite sports are rugby union, basketball and boxing. In his spare time, he loves to cook, eat, watch TV shows/movies and hang out with his friends. In the future, Star plans to add dancing and Brazilian jiu-jitsu to his arsenal of hobbies. ‘Star Wars’ is his favourite fictional universe.
Ben Wang    
Ben Wang
   
I’m Ben and I’m a part of the Bachelor of Vision Science/Master of Clinical Optometry program and originally came from Fort Street High School. I’ve worked a few jobs at the start of my university career, including charity work for Mission Australia and high school tuition. I currently work at Specsavers Sydney Central (Pitt St) and Specsavers Met Centre (Wynyard) and have been since the beginning of 2018. My hobbies include a variety of recreational sports such as oztag, rugby league, soccer and tennis and I also go to the gym on a regular basis.

 

 
Availabilities:
Monday at 9am - 5pm
Tuesday: 9am - 1pm and 3pm - 5pm 
Wednesday at 9am - 11am and 3pm - 5pm
Thursday at 9am - 2pm
Friday at 2pm - 5pm

Register with group two here

Dan Nguyen Helena Ly Amy Yu
Dan Nguyen
Helena Ly
Amy Yu
I’m currently working as an Optical Dispenser at HCF Eyecare.  In my free time I’m volunteering, swimming or running. I like cliche action movies and R&B. I signed up for the peer mentor program when I was in first year not really knowing what to expect but in the end I found that it was really helpful. My peer mentors were approachable and able to answer any questions I had, so now that I have the opportunity to be a mentor I hope I can be just as helpful. Other than being an optometry student, I have been working as an optical dispenser at Specsavers and a high school tutor since first year of university. I love to listen to RNB music, watching TV shows on Netflix and videos on YouTube and playing team sports such as ultimate frisbee and oz-tag. I have a busy lifestyle and have learnt to manage my time to balance study, work and recreational activities. I was part of the peer mentoring program in my first year of university and would love to share my advice, experiences and knowledge to the 2020 first year students. Hi there! I’m Amy, 5’2” (very short) and a North Sydney Girls High School graduate. I currently work at Specsavers as an optical assistant and clinic coordinator. I love listening to music, mostly lo-fi beats and pop (Ed Sheeran), a bubble tea enthusiast (even though I’m lactose intolerant) and an avid dog lover (even though I’m allergic to fur). My hobbies include attempting to self-teach ukulele, singing, traveling (been to every state in Australia), hiking and road trips (especially the south coast). You may find me squinting around uni and not recognising people – that’s probably because I’ve forgotten to wear my contacts or left my glasses at home!
Shanice Rodrigo Perumal    
Shanice
   

My name is Shanice and I am a 4th year Optometry student! I've always had an interest in the eye from a young age and this degree has really invigorated my passion of ocular health and patient care. Outside of optometry, I have been working for Bupa optical for 5 years as an optical dispenser and been an executive member and volunteer for Fred hollows. My hobbies include photography, enjoying a good k-drama and staying active! 

I am very excited to help both optometry and vision science students transition as comfortably as possible into UNSW!

   
Availabilities:
Monday at 9am - 5pm
Tuesday: 9am - 1pm and 3pm - 5pm
Wednesday at 11am - 1pm and 3pm - 5pm 
Thursday at 9am - 11am and 1pm - 5pm
Friday at 2pm - 5pm

Register with group three here

Janet Le Teresa Cuier Xiao Richard Pham
Janet Le
Teresa Xiao
Richard Pham
Hey Guys! My name is Janet. As an individual, I am open-minded, proactive and possess excellent communication skills. I was the previous External Vice President for UNSW Giving Sight and HR Senior Volunteer for UNSW Stationery Reuse Centre. I am currently volunteering with St John Ambulance, and I have run City2Surf! In the past three years, I have been committed to maximising university experience, while balancing social-life, work and study. Currently, I work at Bridge St Optometrist. And, previously I have worked at Epping Eyecare, UNSW Nucleus Student Hub and NGO & Sons. I look forward to meeting everyone, and ‘like, subscribe & join’ for interview tips, university survival advice and more!   Hi guys! My name is Teresa and I’m a 4th year optometry student. I know being a first year at UNSW can be challenging and slightly overwhelming but I’m here to make your experience more enjoyable. I’ve been working as an optical assistant for about 2 years at an independent optometry practice in Burwood so I’m happy to help you with any questions regarding work. Fun fact: I love food adventures and would love to take you along with me while we share some valuable tips and tricks about university. See you all soon! Hi, I’m Richard, your friendly 4th year optometry student. I’m here to hopefully make your first year in university more enjoyable (helping you pass your subjects), and help you with any questions you might have about your degree or about uni life in general. Looking forward to meeting you all, come say hi!
Availabilities:
Monday at 9am - 5pm
Tuesday at 9am - 1pm and 3pm - 5pm 
Wednesday at 9am - 1pm
Thursday at 9am - 2pm
Friday at 2pm - 5pm

Register with group four here

Selinda Lai Lucy Nguyen Azba Mashood
Selinda
Lucy
Azba Mashood
Hello, my name is Selinda! I have been working as an optical assistant at Specsavers and tutoring for more than 2 years since starting my studies at UNSW. Outside of uni and work, I enjoy playing the piano and guitar in my spare time and also playing soccer with my friends. I love a good outdoor adventure, but also love my naps as well. I am passionate in helping people and when it comes to settling down to uni, I believe that finding a good balance in doing what you enjoy aside from work is very important. Hi everyone! I’m Lucy and apart from studying the BVisSci/MClinOptom, you can catch me working at Specsavers North Sydney. Commuting over the Sydney Harbour Bridge to work makes up for waking up early i.e. napping with scenery. When my schedule is free, I drive up to Brisbane to visit my brother whilst he’s studying. I’m a fan of puns and am happy to hear new ones; hopefully they’re cornea than mine. I hope that your 1st year of uni will be a SPEC-tacular and enjoyable one and that peer mentoring is worth every moment for you. Hi! I'm Azba, and I'm keen on helping bright minds make the most of university! I'm a big foodie and I love to visit pretty cafes, including the ones in and around campus. I love to travel and go on adventures whenever I have the time. Currently, I work as an optical assistant at a Specsavers and juggle this with a student assistant position in the ORLAB. I'm in touch with many different student societies, such as Vgen and Fredsoc. Peer mentoring is such an exciting opportunity to meet new people, discover campus life and I am looking forward to it!
Availabilities:
Monday at 9am - 5pm
Tuesday at 9am - 1pm 
Wednesday at 9am - 1pm and 3pm - 5pm 
Thursday at 11am - 5pm
Friday at 2pm - 5pm

Register with group five here

Tina Bao Tran Dinh Michelle Noronha James Jenner
Tina Bao Tran Dinh
Michelle Noronha
James Jenner
Optomistic fourth year student (hopefully), trying to be an ideal pupil without making a spectacle of herself. When Tina isn’t studying she likes to play piano, scrapbook, take photos and videos, bake and watch Netflix. Tina loves to meet new people, is always searching for opportunities to learn new things and is willing to help wherever she can. She is extremely curious and interested in the eye health of those around her and passionate about helping others achieving their right to sight.

Hi! I'm Michelle, a current 4th-year Optometry Student. As a Peer Mentor, I endeavour to be someone my mentees can ask for guidance regarding  transitioning into the university environment and student life in general. In my first year, peer mentoring not only helped me navigate UNSW but also was invaluable in providing a networking opportunity to connect with my fellow cohort.

 In my spare time, I enjoy traveling which opens up my perspective to different cultures as well as capturing these moments on film whilst experimenting with different photography techniques.

I look forward to getting to know you during this term and don't hesitate to reach out in the interim!

Hello there, my name is James Jenner. I am a third year/fourth year (whichever u want to make it easier for first years to understand) optometry student. I currently work out at Visionary Optometrists in Blacktown and have been an employee there for three months. My hobbies are many and varied to include: hiking; Brazillian jiu jitsu; playing the trumpet at church; learning Mandarin Chinese and reading non-fiction books. I enjoy volunteering for research within the university during my summer holidays as well as pursuing academic endeavours such as becoming a published non-fiction author. Common things which my friends identify me as are: vegan, hipster, grandpa, the optics guru and the one who knows all the answers (apparently).
Availabilities:
Monday at 9am - 5pm
Tuesday: 9am - 1pm and 3pm - 5pm
Wednesday at 11am - 1pm and 3pm - 5pm 
Thursday at 9am - 11am and 1pm - 5pm
Friday at 2pm - 5pm

Register with group six here

Tania Lu Thomas Do Tianyun Yu
Tania Lu
Thomas Do
Tianyun Yu
Hello! My name is Tania Lu and I’m a 4th year optometry student at UNSW. I’m excited to have the opportunity to be one of your peer mentors and I look forwards to supporting you through the next chapter in your lives. I’m passionate about optometry and I love exploring new places, gardening and volunteering. I’ve also been involved in a wide variety of extracurricular and volunteering activities at university, so I can’t wait to pass on my experiences (and resources) to make your first year experience fulfilling and enjoyable My name is Thomas Do and i’m currently studying optometry about to move into fourth year. I chose optometry because I wanted to do something health related and because it runs in the family. I really enjoy helping people out. I plan to study medicine after I finish the masters and specialise in ophthalmology later down the path and work as a part-time optometrist while studying. I currently work as a science coordinator at a tutoring centre, a forklift driver/pick packer at a warehouse and as a photography caterer. My hobbies include gym, rock climbing, cars, food, hiking, and music festivals. Hello, the new blood of vision science/optometry family. The first year can be fun and also frustrating. I hope to pass some useful tips to give you a boost in any aspects of studies and life. Being an international student living independently now, I can help you with life skills and the anxiety of being away from home. I'm also part of the Chinese Musician Society and Fred Hollows Society at uni. So if you have any trouble with the balance between social activities and studies, I might be able to give you some advice. Otherwise, enjoy the first year and hope you can find your paths along your journey at UNSW.
Availabilities:
Monday at 9am - 5pm
Tuesday at 9am - 1pm and 3pm - 5pm 
Wednesday at 9am - 1pm
Thursday at 9am - 2pm
Friday at 2pm - 5pm

Register with group seven here