RBC Arts Peer Mentor Kiera's pic

4th Year Bachelor of Arts

Double Major in History and English Literature


Why did you decide to become an Arts Peer Mentor?

I decided to become an Arts Peer Mentor because I know how difficult the transition can be when first entering university. Having gone through the struggles of being a new student I feel strongly about being able to pass on the knowledge I have acquired and assist incoming students feel more confident in their abilities and develop new ones. 

What is the most rewarding part of being a Peer Mentor?

The most rewarding part of being a Peer Mentor is seeing the personal and academic growth that the mentees go through while enjoying their time at UFV. I also feel that working with the Arts Advice Centre has provided me with valuable knowledge that I can apply as a student as well as professionally.

Is there something in particular about the program that students should know or might find interesting?

I think students should know that the program is in place for their benefit and each interaction is customized to their needs and desires. They should also know that being in the program is not a stressful addition to their course load as it requires a small time commitment and is built around their schedules. 

Do you have any advice for first year students adapting to University? Tips?

My advice for first year students would be to simply get involved as much as possible. Make friends, try clubs and associations, and become comfortable being on campus. Also, don't be afraid to explore all the different courses that UFV has to offer! There is plenty to be gained from experiencing new avenues previously not explored or considered.

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