What is the Student Connect Mentoring Programme?

The Student Connect Mentoring Programme provides a friendly introduction to NUI Galway for first year students. Existing students are tasked with ensuring the fluent integration of incoming First Years into university life. This voluntary programme will assist First Years with any transitional needs and mentors will be a go-to person for any problems they may have or assistance they may require.  The Student Connect Mentoring Programme is an invaluable component of student services and its success relies on the contribution of Student Connect volunteers.     

If you are interested in applying for the academic year 2019/2020 please apply online at:  ‌https://efmfeed.verintefm.com/se/0A88DF3E6D0D4E1B

Who is the Connect Mentoring Programme open to?

It is open to all existing students who are willing to dedicate their time and effort for the benefit of upcoming First Years.  

Student Connect has been truly invigorated over the last few years.  Why?  Because it is the only truly student led support programme in the University.  Its also the biggest club on campus so why not volunteer!  Mentor Leaders and mentors arrange social events throughout the year for 1st years, inform 1st years of whats happening on campus and make changes to the programme to truly meet the needs of first year students

What are the benefits of becoming a mentor?

  • All volunteers receive an ALIVE Certificate at the end of the Programme
  • Develop communication and leadership skills
  • Enhanced employability skills and can apply for the NUI Galway Employability Award
  • The opportunity to meet new people and make friends
  • Personal satisfaction and the chance to share your knowledge and experience to new arrivals

If I need help/advice as a mentor where do I get it?

You can contact your allocated Mentor Leader in the first instance who may need to refer you to Una McDermott, Manager of the Student Connect Programme.

 

What Mentors had to say about the Programme

What Mentors had to say about the Programme

“The Connect Programme gave me the opportunity to enhance my leadership and communication skills which proved paramount in my career”

 “As a mentor the Connect Programme opened me to a new diverse group of friends and the help and support we gave each other reflected positively on the First Years

"Having the Mentoring Programme and corresponding ALIVE certificate on my CV greatly improved my employability potential"

"The Mentoring Programme was an opportunity for me to volunteer and allowed me to give back to the university which gave me so much"

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Student Connect Application

We believe that students who have just finished their 1st year are the best people to volunteer as mentors because you know the challenges and fun that University can be.   The University relies on your experience as who knows better than a recent 1st year on what it’s like to come to NUIG.   If you are interested please click on the link at https://efmfeed.verintefm.com/se/0A88DF3E6D0D4E1B

Why Volunteer with Student Connect?

  • All volunteers receive an ALIVE Certificate at the end of the Programme
  • Develop communication and leadership skills
  • Enhanced employability skills (receive the NUIG Employability Award)
  • The opportunity to meet new people and make friends
  • Personal satisfaction and the chance to share your knowledge and experience to new students

I hope you choose to volunteer with Student Connect, the training is fun and mentors have a few nights out together during the year.