Meet the Mentors
Across Cardiff University we have dedicated students volunteering to assist other students in their transition to university and helping them get the most out of their time here. In 2013 we will have over 140 Student Mentors forming a Mentoring Community to enhance life at university. Here are some of them.
My name is Anna Atta and I am an international final year Economics and Management student at the Cardiff Business School. As a mentor I help others to the best of my ability through the training I received, and my experiences over the years, having been a mentor both at university and at secondary school level.
What I find especially exciting about being a mentor is the opportunity to be introduced to people I would not have meet otherwise, being a steady point of contact to somebody, and the privilege to jointly celebrate small and big successes along the way.
Besides my academics and being a mentor I have a range of hobbies, most notably being part of the Athletic Union’s Dancesport team.
I’m Kez, and I’m in my final year studying MESci Earth Science in Cardiff’s School of Earth and Ocean Sciences. Aside from my degree, my interests include art and photography, climbing with the Mountaineering Society, and going down the pub.
This is my second year working with the Mentoring Scheme - mentoring means a lot to me, as it’s something I wish I’d had access to during my first year! I remember exactly how I felt and all the worries and questions I had when I first started, so having been through it all I’m now passionate about offering new students the help and support they need in regard to independent living, studies, time and money management, etc. – as well as raising awareness about all the great facilities and opportunities available to them in and around the University.
My name is Emma and I am a final year student studying Marine Geoscience. I love the sea, scuba diving and enjoy spending time with my family and pets.
I know that settling into University isn’t always easy, and as a student mentor I believe that I can help students with this transition away from home. University is one of the best times, if not the best time, of your life. There are so many extra opportunities available to students at Cardiff University and I want to make sure everyone makes the most of their time here by helping them take advantage of the wide variety of societies and services offered.
Hi, I am studying Dentistry and can say who only someone that has been through first year can truly understand and empathise with the demands of the course and to share a little wisdom about how to go about it all. The mentoring scheme not only allows older students to help those settling in with any problems they may be experiencing such as salads catching on fire, student accommodation overrun with spiders or the academic side of things but also allowing such older students to reflect and build upon their own student experience which for me was an absolute pleasure and blessing.
Hello, my name is Stuart and I am a final year student studying Economics in CARBS. As an individual with a positive mental attitude, I wish to share my 'believe to achieve' attitude through mentoring, by encouraging students to work effectively and create unique memories of university. Ask me all the questions you feel too afraid to ask your tutor. Emails, texts or a quick coffee, I am more than happy to help!
My name is Ross Jennison and I'm a third year Economics & Finance student over at the business school.
I wanted to become a student mentor so that I could give something back to Cardiff Uni and share my experiences with first years adjusting to university life. I want to be able to use my experience of Uni and my summer placement to really enrich the lives and employability of my mentees.
Hi! I’m Shazia and I am currently a 3rd year Dental student at Cardiff University.
Mentoring to me has always been a way in which I can help students around me settle into a completely different environment without feeling isolated. I want to use the experience that I've gained through mentoring and tutoring during university as well as outside it to help as many students as I can with not only their academics but any other worrying social aspects of university life!
In our mentoring society we cover absolutely anything from improving revision skills to advice on moving out and so if there's anything you're ever unsure about and want to ask feel free to approach me and I will do my best to help you!
"I'm Gina and I'm currently studying for my masters in Civil Engineering. Although I study a largely male dominated course and enjoy football, I am girly at heart and love shopping - something Cardiff's great for!
I've been involved with Cardiff's mentoring scheme from the beginning as I felt it would have been a service that would have helped me relax and enjoy my first year more. Being able to help new undergraduates smooth their transition to uni life is rewarding and enjoyable."
Hi, my name is Amy Price and I am a student in the Business School. Being a Mentor has been great experience for me and encouraged me to work with other students during the summer holidays. I have really enjoyed helping other students and found the whole experience rewarding and fun. I am looking forward to meeting the rest of the mentors and the mentees over the next academic year.
Hi, my name is Sonam and I am a Dental Student. This scheme is very enjoyable and encourages students to interact across all the year groups. I want first year students to enjoy their time here and this allows me to help with this. Coming to uni can be daunting especially with the Dental school as students are in the Heath Hospital as well as being a student. This scheme helps prepare first years and makes life a little easier.
Hi my name is Amy and I am based in SHARE. This scheme is a great idea as students get a chance to meet and help other students. I wish this scheme had been in place when I first started uni. I am also a course rep and fulfilling both roles gives a real insight into the whole of the student experience.
Hello, my name is Grace Weatherill-Podbury I am a third year Economics student at Cardiff University.
This is my second year as a student mentor at Cardiff University. This is because I am passionate about ensuring all students at Cardiff get the best quality experience possible. Everyone understands what it is like to join university, and I have been fortunate enough to be a member of many different societies and successful in gaining a place on a summer internship program. As a result I enjoy sharing my experiences and offering helpful advice to new students.