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Become a peer mentor

Arts and social sciences


Peer Mentor Applications for Semester 2 2024 now open.

The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) offers student leadership opportunities throughout the year for both undergraduate and postgraduate students. One of these include becoming a FASS Peer Mentor!

As a Peer Mentor for FASS, you'll be an integral part of the Welcome and Mentoring Program and make a positive impact in the university community by supporting first-year students in their start to university life.

Why become a Peer Mentor?

Being a Peer Mentor is a rewarding opportunity to:

  • connect and make new friends across the University
  • provide a warm, supportive welcome to first-year students
  • develop your professional experience and leadership skills
  • build self-confidence and achieve your personal goals
  • have fun at campus events and activities

After you finish mentoring with us, we provide a certificate and offer opportunities to expand your leadership credentials and contributions to the faculty, such as becoming a Mentor Leader and Faculty Ambassador.

Key Dates Semester 2 2024

Date Milestone
Monday 29 April Peer Mentor applications open 
8 am AEDT Monday 20 May Peer Mentor applications close
STUVAC (27 – 31 May) Mentor Training
Tuesday 23 July Welcome Day (Undergraduate)
Thursday 25 July Welcome Day (Postgraduate)
Week 1 – 6, Semester 2  Ongoing mentoring through catch-ups with mentees, attending mentor sessions, and participating in Faculty social activities.
Week 6 Peer Mentoring concludes

What’s involved?

Your Peer Mentoring journey begins with attending Mentor Training, held during STUVAC Semester 1 (27 – 31 May).

You'll meet your first-year mentees on campus at Welcome Day, guiding them through information sessions and social activities. You'll be matched with your mentees on the Mentoring Platform the week before Welcome Day, so you can start connecting with them online before meeting in-person.

To summarise, our Peer Mentors are required to commit to the below. Before you apply, please ensure you've understood these:

  • attend Mentor Training in STUVAC
  • attend the full Welcome Day (Tuesday 23 July for Undergraduate and Thursday 25 July for Postgraduate)
  • from Welcome Day to Week 6 of Semester 2, actively participate by: connecting with mentees, attending a Mentor Check-In and Mentor Debrief, being responsive to communications and opportunities throughout the program.
  • abide by the University's Bullying, Harassment and Discrimination Prevention Policy
  • abide by the University's Student Charter.

A message from your Faculty Ambassadors and Mentor Leaders

Caitlin Roach
2024 Faculty Ambassador

In my first year at the University, I had a Student Mentor who made a very positive impact on my transition into university life. It was this moment when I knew I wanted to be able to do the same for other first-year students. Becoming a Student Mentor has allowed me to ensure first-year students feel confident and inspired, whilst I transfer the knowledge I have obtained through this highly rewarding program. Additionally, I have been able to develop my leadership skills and meet some amazing student leaders and staff.

Mike Jiang
2024 Faculty Ambassador

Mentoring a group of first-year students was an incredibly enriching and rewarding experience. Going from helping new students navigate Canvas to seeing them thrive in their own ways over the course of a semester filled me with joy and satisfaction knowing I was a small but instrumental part of their university experience. Through the FASS mentoring program, I have also strengthened my leadership and communication skills which will last a lifetime and it has allowed me to grow into a more confident version of myself.

Shalee Boey
2024 Mentor Leader

My experience as a FASS Student Mentor has been a fulfilling and exciting journey. Being part of this program does more than simply provide first-year students with assistance; it also fosters their academic and personal growth. As a Student Mentor, I’ve not only grown in confidence but also developed strong leadership skills that have challenged me to step beyond my comfort zone. Additionally, it has given me a sense of belonging within the USYD community, allowing me to engage in major events like Open Day and Welcome Day, making it an overall enjoyable and rewarding experience.

Apply now

Ready to become a FASS Peer Mentor?

Applications for Semester 2 2024 are now open. Get started now to join our growing student leadership community.

Have a question?

Contact the FASS Student Affairs and Engagement team via

Last updated: 02 May 2024

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