Lori Lee Pike
As part of the My Grenfell Experience, fall orientation program, Grenfell Campus launched a new program designed to ease the transition for new students to remote learning university studies in September.
Current students beyond first year have been recruited and trained as mentors to participate in our Peer Mentor program. Mentors will be connected with new students through the Brightspace course delivery platform.
“We know that coming to university for the first time is stressful for many people,” said Diane Johnson, Grenfell’s orientation committee. “This stress will certainly be exasperated for those starting university during a pandemic, when learning will take place primarily on-line. We hope that new students will find comfort in having another student to talk to and learn from.”
The peer mentor arrangement will vary amongst students but will likely include virtual coffee breaks, small information sessions and chat groups.
“As a student, I know that often the most comfort comes from conversations with other students,” said Abby Russell, orientation student coordinator. “The mentors that have volunteered are warm and helpful, and I’m confident this program will be of great importance and benefit to new students.”