Theatre mentoring scheme: Supporting your journey
Today’s post is about Theatre & Performance Studies’ mentor scheme, a support system designed to help new students adjust to life at Warwick. At the end of each academic year the department reaches out to continuing students who want to volunteer as mentors. If you’re a current or prospective Theatre student who wants to make a positive difference during your time at university, this could be a great way to contribute to the Warwick community. Being a mentor during my second year and the Student Coordinator during my final year has been a really valuable experience, and I hope this post gives you an insight into the kinds of support and opportunities on offer as a Theatre student at Warwick.
Starting at university can be a really daunting time, but being able to talk to a student who’s recently been through the experience themselves can be really reassuring. The mentor scheme aims to provide students with support and advice from those who are further on in their studies, creating a student support network within the department. Mentors are typically assigned a small group of new students who they stay in contact with over the year. Mentors will arrange to meet with the group, but they’re also able to provide one to one support if needed. The experience that mentors can offer to first years is really useful: from advice about housing to experiences of modules, mentors are a great source of information. Mentors are also there to direct students to relevant support services within the university.
A great aspect of the mentor scheme is that it doesn’t require a big time commitment, so it’s easy to fit alongside your studies and other extracurricular activities. Ultimately, mentors are there to offer support when their mentees need it. The mentors receive training and guidance from the Student Mentor Scheme Coordinator who is there to help them to feel confident in the role and will provide support if any difficulties arise.
Being a mentor is a great way to develop your experience of working in a supportive role, as well as improving your organisation and communication skills. It’s also a good way to meet new students, share your experience and get more involved with the department. If you’re a mentor during your second year, you could also become the Student Coordinator in your third year. This is a great opportunity to take on a role with more responsibility and to get more involved in the scheme.
If you’re planning to join us as a Theatre student in the autumn, I hope this post reassures you that the department and its students are committed to supporting you during your transition to university and beyond.