The program (called SAM-buddy – Student Adjustment Monitoring – buddy program) integrates traditional and non-traditional technology-based support methods for first-year students by peer-mentors to provide efficient and flexible care for the kick of period of school in both semesters.
We designed SAM-buddy to work in one-on-one bases as well as in small group format. The technological platform provides a vast library of relevant information along with built-in fun elements mentors and mentees can enjoy as they walk along together.
We put this unique program together to be the least disruptive of the studies, fitting it in with peer-buddies’ schedules and academic obligations. We regard peer-mentors as ambassadors of the University, to adequately respond to questions they may receive from their peer-mentees, and dedicate a little time every week to meet with their buddy in person. We believe personal meetings do foster growth and adjustment more efficiently.
If you are starting your studies as an international student – you must should this
Upon receiving a letter of acceptance from the University, international students are welcome to sign up for the program as soon as possible because space is limited. SAM-buddy aims to help to adjust, get wired in the local student life both socially and academically through fun activities and informative meetings with an upper-year student (peer-mentors). It is free of charge service for fresher students. To apply you need to click here to access the site for first-year students where you can indicate which program you wish to join (fall, spring or both)
If you are an upper-year student considering peer-mentorship – you should read this
For the period of eight weeks in the fall, or six weeks in the spring peer-mentors receive weekly tasks (focus questions, helping tools) in order to structure their times with their mentees. During this personal one-on-one or small group meetings, they cover topics closely related to social, psychological and academic adjustments. At times peer-buddies complete fun activates across town in order to get recognition and gift items while competing with other peer-group formations. Peer-mentors are also asked to provide feedback on the materials the office develops to check whether they respond to real needs, and address important issues. In the course of the two months, mentors and mentees are invited to take part in two exclusive social events designed for them to bring all involved in the peer-buddy program closer together while having fun.