3rd Year Bachelor of Arts (Criminal Justice)
Nikki started helping students as an arts peer mentor during the Winter 2014 semester
Why did you decide to become an Arts Peer Mentor?
I became a mentor because when I first began attending UFV, I didn't know anyone or anything about the school. I was from out of town, was really nervous my first couple of semesters, and wish I knew about the Peer Mentoring program that UFV offers to students. I had to learn all about the Criminal Justice degree program mainly on my own, as well as all the fantastic resources that UFV offers. I decided after my first year at UFV that if I ever got the opportunity to help other first year students, I would definitely take it to pay forward all the help I received from UFV faculty and staff.
What is the most rewarding part so of being a Peer Mentor?
The most rewarding part of being a mentor is hearing about my mentee's success and knowing that I was able to alleviate some of the stress that they might have endured. I also really like helping people network and meet new people that will also help my mentee's succeed.
Is there something in particular about the program that students should know or might find interesting?
One thing interesting about the Peer Mentoring program at UFV is that it is a completely free program that provides mentee's with a one-on-one opportunity to discover and utilise UFV's resources without always having to do research about them on their own.
Do you have any advice for first year students adapting to University? Tips?
The best tip I would give first year students (other than participating in the RBC Arts Peer Mentoring program!) is to get involved in campus. Employers love to see that future employees can find a good balance between their academic pursuit and a healthy social life, which can be evident through campus involvement.