Name: Tamara Ozog
Dept: Biological Sciences
Course: Biological Sciences (general)
Year (18/19): Third year
Why do you think the Peer Mentoring Scheme is important?
The importance of the peer mentoring scheme lies in its long-term benefits for the students involved. Everyone feels a mix of excitement and fear before starting their journey at university, and a peer mentor can help resolve the doubts that are causing the latter, allowing just positive feelings to remain. Overall, this has an extremely positive impact on individual university experience.
What benefit does this scheme have for mentees?
The transition from college to university is no doubt a daunting one. Having a peer mentor to support you through it by providing tips and advice is incredibly beneficial, especially since it’s a person that was in your metaphorical shoes just a year or two ago. Personally. I decided there was no need to sign up for the scheme in my first year, and I can say that I had a more difficult time adjusting than some of my friends who did sign up.
What made you apply to be a lead mentor?
Having had the pleasure of being a peer mentor in the previous academic year, I could tell what a difference the scheme makes to ease the students into university life, as well as all the newfound responsibilities. This experience has also made me aware of some issues that arise over the course of the mentor-mentee relationship, and I wanted to share my knowledge of dealing with those issues with new mentors. The lead mentor position was the perfect way of achieving this, as well as increasing my involvement in the scheme in other ways, including event planning.
One interesting fact about yourself?
I’m a Biological Sciences student, which doesn’t mean I focus solely on science. Writing is my hobby, and having won a contest for a short story a couple of years back, I do my best to keep this passion alive by writing posts on my blog.
One thing you enjoy about studying at Leicester?
In Leicester, there is an emphasis on student experience and constantly improving it. You know your opinion matters here, you’re not just a number – the Students’ Union ensures your voice is heard, and your comments about possible improvements are acted upon.