Peer Mentoring

The Faculty of Arts Peer Mentoring Program is a student run initiative which aims to help first year students settle into their studies and the University of Adelaide community. 

The program runs throughout Semester 1 and 2 and is a great way to meet other students, have your questions answered and receive ongoing peer support in an informal setting. 

Our peer mentors know from personal experience what it’s like to be a new student. They are high-performing students, eager to share ‘insider’ information to help you learn about campus life. 

First year students are grouped together with their chosen peer mentor and will meet face-to-face, online and at events/activities.

If you would like to become a mentee or mentor, please apply below.

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  • Become a mentee

    The mentee program gives you the opportunity to gain a supportive network in your first year at university.

     - Receive timely information and handy hints
     - Develop a network of supportive peers
     - Be invited to social events and group study sessions
     - Increase your awareness of student support services
     - Improve your teamwork skills
     - Gain a sense of belonging at university

    If you would like to be mentored by a peer, please submit your form below.

    BECOME A MENTEE

  • Become a mentor

    As a peer mentor you will develop your leadership skills through numerous activities. Peer Mentors are also able to use this experience to count towards the Adelaide Graduate Award. If you are currently in year 2+ of an arts-based program and meet the following criteria, please complete an application form, attaching your resume and a short cover letter (no more than 400 words) addressing the following criteria.

    - Demonstrate a GPA of at least 5.0, or gain a recommendation from a Head of Discipline
    - Show effective listening, communication and interpersonal skills, particularly in a team environment
    - Engage with a positive and open attitude
    - Demonstrate tolerance and understanding of cultural diversity
    - Show detailed knowledge of university facilities and services
    - Respect sensitive and confidential information at all times

    BECOME A MENTOR


Meet the Arts Peer Mentors

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  • Rachel Franttini

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    Hi! My name is Rachel. I’m a mature age student at the University of Adelaide, studying psychology and sociology. I was a student here many years ago and my daughter is also a current student. I have really enjoyed my return to study, it’s been a fantastic experience. In the future, I hope to put my studies to good use to find employment where I can be useful and help people. In my spare time, I’m passionate about travel, books and cooking, but, when I need to switch off for a while, Netflix on the couch with my cat or a walk with my dog at the beach is the best kind of relaxation for me.  

  • Eugene Suleau

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    Hi there, my name is Eugene and I have almost completed a Bachelor of Media, and I am interested in the growing power of social media. I am a committed bike rider, Beatles fan, and a long-time supporter of the North Melbourne football club. I have loved his time at the University of Adelaide and as I near the end of his undergraduate study, I am is focussed on helping new students get the most out of theirs.

  • Billy St John

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    Hey Everyone, my name is Billy and I am in my second year of a Music Education degree. As a mature age student I was a little nervous about studying full time, but I have found all social and learning experiences on campus very enjoyable and positive. I want to help new students (young and old!) settle into Uni with ease and hopefully make them feel welcome and comfortable in their new learning environment. I enjoy spending time on campus and in the city. I’m always keen for a coffee or a cold drink and am always happy to spend time with friends. In my spare time I like to cook, take walks, watch TV, enjoy a musical and even sing karaoke! I look forward to being able to help other students in and around the university. 

  • Joseph Aquilina

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    Hi, my name is Joseph and I study a Bachelor of International Relations with a minor in international development. I'm currently in my third and final year of Uni. In my spare time you will find me either hiking, cycling or going to the gym.

  • Jimmy Chong

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    Hiya! I'm Jimmy, currently enrolled in Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Teaching, majoring in English as an Additional Language (EAL) teaching and minoring in maths teaching. I'm about to start my 2nd academic year study. Outside of university work I enjoy sports involving tennis, table tennis, badminton and volleyball, and on the other hand, literary translation (I have recently translated Australian writer Amy Witting's novel "I For Isobel" into Chinese). Having successfully applied for being a peer mentor member, I'm keen to help all new students to grow and integrate into new environment. I'm always inclusive and welcome to meet up with you in campus and discuss academic program or anything that you struggle with.

  • Anita Chaplin

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    Hiya, I'm Anita, a 2nd year Law and International Relations student at the University of Adelaide. Mocha's are my weakness, and I love curling up with a good book and watching way too much Netflix.

  • Todd Cox

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    Hello! My name is Todd and I am studying a Bachelor of Arts and Education. I am majoring in French and minoring in Chinese. I have also previously completed a BA with majors in History and English. I enjoy learning about history and believe in social and environmental justice. In my spare time, I love being in the company of friends (both pre-existing and soon to be), reading, writing, learning, playing guitar and keyboard and watching television shows and films. I am an openly gay man and try to be as inclusive and welcoming as possible in my language and behaviour. If you ever see me at a stall or event for the peer mentors program or even if you see me just around on campus, please feel free to come say hi and have a chat about the program or Uni life more generally. 

  • Emma Cresdee

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    Hi, I’m Emma. I am studying a Bachelor of Sociology and am in my final year. I really enjoy talking about and tackling the issues of social change. Apart from that I like to play piano, kayak and play around a bit with languages.

  • Taylor Fernandez

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    Hi guys! My name is Taylor and I am in my third year at uni. I am studying a Bachelor of Media (Journalism), a Diploma of Arts in English, and a Diploma of Languages in Italian Studies. My interests are literature, journalism, and fashion. I have joined the Peer Mentoring Program because I know how daunting starting at university feels. The program is a great initiative to learn about the uni and meet new friends!

  • Beth Williams

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    Hello! My name is Beth. I am currently in my second year of a Bachelor of Arts, with majors in Sociology and Psychology. I love the broad-scope, flexibility and relevance of my university degree to my everyday life. I especially enjoy how sociological approaches can be utilised in many different areas, including psychology- which makes them a great pair. Outside of uni I work at an OSHC and enjoy doing yoga and getting outdoors- hiking, bike-riding and rock climbing. 

  • Izabella Kepes

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    Hey there! I’m Izabella, an Arts Peer Mentor studying a Bachelor of Secondary Teaching with a Bachelor of Mathematical Sciences and a minor in history. Having just commenced my second year at the University of Adelaide I’ve also been a part of the Adelaide Uni Salsa Club, an inclusive and fun way to learn Latin dance and de-stress. Plus it’s a fantastic way to meet new friends and stay social during the busy periods of the year!

  • Luke Mollet

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    Hi there! My name is Luke, And i am a Peer Mentor for 2020. I am currently in my 2nd year of a Bachelor of Teaching (Middle) / Bachelor of Arts Double Degree. My interests and hobbies include travelling to new places, both internationally and domestically, basketball, where i play at a district level with Central District Lions, and music! (Guitar especially). I am really looking forward to the chance to meet some of you, and kick off 2020 by helping you guys and girls where I can.

  • Amy Sowinski

    Hi, I’m Amy. I am currently in my third year studying a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in history and minoring in English. My interests and hobbies include travel (when things are normal), geology and reading. I joined the Peer Mentoring Program because I recall how overwhelming I felt in my first year. I look forward to meeting you!

  • Sam Cox

    Hi guys! My name is Sam and I am a PhD candidate in English Studies, and also postgraduate representative for the Department of English and Creative Writing. I completed an undergraduate in Arts and International Studies, before returning to complete Honours and enter the postgraduate program. I am also a qualified Youthworker and do some freelance (sports) writing which are both passions of mine, while photography is another hobby. Across my studies and life, I have a good range of experiences to draw on and which I will bring to the peer mentoring program. I would look forward to establishing a positive relationship with you, which I’m sure would be of benefit to us both.

  • Sandra Tom

    Hey everyone! I’m Sandra and am currently doing my Master’s in Public Health. I have previously graduated from a Bachelor of International Development with a minor in Anthropology. I completed a semester exchange in 2019 which deepened my interest in working overseas merging both my interests of health and development.  Outside of university I like cooking, hiking and watching Netflix. Looking forward to connecting with you through the Peer Mentor program.

  • Zac Serghis

    Hello, my name is Zac, and I am a second year Arts and Music student, majoring in Music Education and Politics. I am a big fan of cooking and watching sport and am a keen table tennis player. I also enjoy playing card and board games and play games such as MTG, Dungeons and Dragons and Warhammer, but I also love to play classics like UNO and Monopoly. I am always happy to have a chat about anything university or life related, and I am keen to make new friends around campus.   

Meet the Criminology Peer Mentors

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  • Amber Doyle

    Hey there! My name is Amber, and I am a third year student currently in the process of finishing my  Bachelor of Criminology degree. After completing my Bachelors, I would love to push myself further and do Honours! My dream is to place myself within a career which enables me to use the knowledge gained in Criminology to make the world a better place. I am extremely passionate about mentoring. At a young age I struggled with my learning and was deemed someone who would never be ‘successful’. I was gifted with various mentors who guided me through those difficult times. Their help enabled me to be grow into a confident and successful young woman who is proud to be a student at the University of Adelaide. I would love to help students navigate tough obstacles. My aim is to guide students in way which allows them to become confident in their own abilities and grow into the best version of themselves.  In my own time, you can find me volunteering at HYPA (Helping Young People Achieve), smashing fitness goals, playing netball, curled up reading a cringy romance novel or listening to some banging tunes.

  • Gabriella Barilla

    Hi guys, my name is Gabriella and I am in my third year of uni. I am studying a Bachelor of Criminology and a Bachelor of Psychological Science. I am also a member of the Adelaide University Rotaract Club. My interests include netball, tennis, spending time with family and friends and watching or reading about true crime. From experience I do understand how university can be scary; it is a lot of work. But I find it rewarding and enjoy learning. With that mindset, I cannot wait to help other students through this time.

  • Sophie Chislett

    Hi everyone! My name is Sophie and I'm in my third year of a double degree in Law and Arts (Criminology major). I'm really passionate about restorative justice and community corrections/transitions, so will most likely pursue a career in that area, or in law. I also love meeting new people, attending Pilates classes, going to live music gigs and catching up with friends for brunch in my spare time. As an interstate student from rural Victoria, I knew hardly anyone coming into my first year at University. After making so many great friends and connections since then, I'm really eager to help new students settle into University life and have the same positive experiences that I've had. 

  • Jacqueline Ford

    Hi there, my name is Jacqueline. I am a third-year Criminology student here at Adelaide Uni. In my spare time I really enjoy reading about or watching documentaries on true crime, as well as spending time with close friends. I am originally from Canberra, and only moved to Adelaide for university. From this transition, I definitely have experience and understand how daunting the early stages of university life can be. I hope to be able to use this experience to help guide other new students through this time.

  • Rebecca Snape

    Hello! My name is Rebecca, but you can call me Becky. I am studying towards a Bachelor of Criminology and I am currently in my third and final year. Throughout my degree, I have studied a variety of disciplines including Sociology, Political Science, History, Anthropology, and a little bit of Forensic Science. However, I am the most passionate about Anthropology and Politics (aside from Criminology, of course). Outside of Uni, I enjoy art and I spend my free time painting and drawing. Additionally, I work casually for a supermarket so I have loads of flexibility! I’m a friendly person and I love to socialise and meet new people with the same passions and hobbies as me. If you see me around campus, don’t be afraid to say hello!