Whether you are entering your first year or currently studying at University of Ottawa, the university experience can be daunting. Fear not, student mentors are here to support you! As 2nd, 3rd and 4th year students, mentors understand what it’s like to be a university student and want your university experience to be as enjoyable and supportive as possible.
The mission of the Student Mentoring Services is to assist all students in the following areas:
- Develop effective learning strategies
- Strengthen personal motivation
- Maintain academic achievement
- Offer support in setting academic goals
- Enhance the overall student experience
- Delivery of workshops and study groups
SASS works in collaboration with faculties and university services to provide the following mentoring services:
- Student Mentoring (Undergraduate level)
- Graduate Studies Mentoring Centre
The Graduate Student Mentoring Centre of the University of Ottawa gives students in Master’s and PhD the opportunity to meet and talk with graduate student mentors and address the concerns they may have during the course of their studies.
Mentoring can help you to:
- Identify and clarify your personal and professional goals
- Face challenges with greater ease and confidence
- Get back on track when distracted
- Develop strategies and action plans that yield results
- Stay motivated and committed until graduation
Who are the mentors?
FOROUGH: Let’s get together to share our experiences as a graduate students! I began working in the graduate student mentor office in early 2013. As an international graduate student with a strong interest in mentoring and sharing experiences, I love making meaningful contributions in a stimulating learning environment. As the first point of contact for graduate students, I will help you find answers to questions on topics that range from academics to day-to-day concerns. I will also be hosting a workshop during the upcoming session and I look forward meeting you!
ROSE: As a graduate student in psychology, I am very concerned with the well-being of others. Through my program, I have had the opportunity to help a variety of students at different levels of study and from a wide range of backgrounds. I know that sometimes students need a little extra support, given the high-stress environment that is graduate school. As an international student, I myself have benefited from such help in the past. That’s why I’m looking forward to being able to give back and help students achieve their goals. Hope to see you soon!
SOMAIEH: Life as a graduate student is very challenging but, at the same time, very rewarding. You can expect graduate school to be an exciting endeavour; however, it will require you to adjust your lifestyle. The extended hours spent reading, writing, researching, and preparing presentations make us forget that as a graduate student, it is very important to maintain a healthy study-life balance. My life as a graduate student at the University of Ottawa has been tremendously rewarding and peer support has been crucial in helping me handle the ups and downs of graduate school. I look forward to working with you and to using my experience to help you in any way I can.
The Graduate Student Mentoring Centre is located on the 6th floor of the Morisset Library, room 610, and is open from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. from September to April. Summer hours: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. from May to August (Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday). To meet a mentor, contact us at 613-562-5800, ext. 6413, or gradmentors@uOttawa.ca or drop in during business hours.
The Strategic Guide to Graduate Studies (PDF) is the ideal starting point for discovering the world of graduate studies.