Peer Mentoring

The Undergraduate Psychology Students' Association (UPSA) in collaboration with Calumet and Stong Colleges is currently recruiting Peer Mentors for Winter 2019. The deadline for submitting the application is Saturday October 27, 2018 at 11:59 PM. Successful candidates will be contacted regarding the interview dates, time, and location by November 7th. Scheduled Interview days will be held between Thursday November 8th - Sunday November 11th, 2018. Please read the position requirements and mandatory training dates found in the recruitment letter below.Please read the position requirements found in the recruitment letter:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1EC7COCEcs9sV8kx_XwFSdoKxKAsKRIppb78UhtEEtCY/edit?usp=sharing
Once you've read the recruitment letter you can apply at: https://goo.gl/forms/DEYvsfzw7bDWTab23

UPSA's mentoring team is diverse and inclusive ensuring that we can help as many Psychology Undergraduate students. This year we enhanced our peer mentoring program by matching first year/incoming Psychology students with an individualized mentor.

If you are a first year student and did not get matched with a peer mentor and you wish to have one, please email upsamentorship@gmail.com and we will pair you with a mentor within a week! Our drop-in mentoring schedule can be found below. A brief introduction of each mentor can also be found here

 

 

 

MEET THE MENTORS

Dasha

Degree: Hons. B.A Psychology

Mentorship Expertise: Academic Skill Development, Knowledge of Extracurriculars on campus, Student Life, Residence Life, International Student Affairs, Knowledge of Intramural Sports on Campus, Calumet and Stong College volunteer/Extracurricular Life

About Them: “My name is Dasha and I'm a 2nd-year majoring in Psychology. I love trying out something new and learning more about the world around us. I am fascinated by the complexity of things, and the human mind is one of them. Being a Peer Mentor here at UPSA, I hope I can provide some guidance and advice to the new and returning YorkU students when it comes to navigating our huge university and dealing with various personal challenges.
Favorite song - High Hopes by Kodaline.”

Contact Info: peermentordasha@gmail.com

Vlad

Degree:  Hons. B.S Psychology

Mentorship Expertise: Academic Skill Development, Knowledge of Extra-curriculars on campus, Student Life, Residence Life, International Student Affairs, Mature Student Affairs, Student Finances and Budgeting, Calumet and Stong Colege (CSC) Volunteer/Extra-curricular Life

About Them:  I'm Vlad. I'm a fourth-year Psychology major focusing on neuropsychology. I'm very passionate and talkative about psychology and enjoy indulging into intellectual discourse. I'm very approachable and you can expect me to give you very wise advice, by virtue of which, I guarantee we will become friends 😉

Contact Info: peermentorvladyslav@gmail.com

Arshdeep

Degree:  Hons. B.A Psychology

Mentorship Expertise: Academic Skill Development, Knowledge of Extra-curriculars on campus, Varsity Life, Student Life, International Student Affairs

About Them: " My name is Arshdeep and I am fourth year Psychology student. Being an International student at York, I have learnt that ‘communication’ solves big problems. I will encourage new incoming students to not to hesitate of asking questions, and always communicate with others if there is any problem. Also, York offers a lot of extra curricular resources, so make sure to involve yourself when you start your journey at York.
The things which I enjoy the most are nature walks, talking about psychology, exploring new places and food. "

Contact Info: peermentorarshdeep@gmail.com

 

Alan

Degree:  Hons. B.A Psychology

Mentorship Expertise: Academic Skill Development, Mature Student Affairs, Experience with OSAP applications

About Them:  My name is Alan Feiman and I have been in the entertainment business for half my life. My philosophy is Life is too short and so am I. As a mentor, I will help my fellow students to reach their full academic potential. My hobby is laughing at life and myself. I'm a very, very, very, very mature student with use of all my faculties.  I can show students how to reach their potential by using the many resources available to them.  As a senior student, I can advise them of the ACMAPS resources as I'm an ACMAPS mentor. I've been an actor/stand-up comic for most of my life specializing in impersonating the Marx Brothers (Groucho, Harpo & Chico) at Universal Studios Theme Park in Hollywood.  I hope to combine my knowledge of psychology with a one-man show on the health benefits of laughter.

Contact Info: peermentoralan@gmail.com

Nitnem

Degree: Hons. B.S Psychology

Mentorship Expertise: Academic Skill Development, Knowledge of Extracurriculars on campus, Student Life, Knowledge of Professional School Admissions (Medical, Physio, Dental etc.), Student Finances and Budgeting, Experience with OSAP applications

About Them: My name is Nitnem Gadrri. I'm 5th year psychology student. As a mentor I intend on putting a 100% of energy into providing students with resources and making sure their transition into university is as smooth as possible. I'm committed to being the person that I needed during my first year of university. One of my favourite things to do is spend time outside, in nature whether its hiking, jogging or biking.

Contact Info: peermentornitnem@gmail.com

Elina

Degree: Specialized Honours BA

Mentorship Expertise: Knowledge of Extracurriculars on campus, Student Life, Knowledge of Graduate School Admissions (Clinical, Counselling etc.), Experience with Undergraduate Psychology Research at York University

About Them: Hi my name is Elina and I am a 4th year specialized honours psychology student. On my spare time I like to run and workout, try new places with friends and travel. This year I hope to help students build connections, get resources and learn tips to: balance courses, get research experience, find a thesis supervisor, apply for the YUSHPP etc.

Contact Info: peermentorelina@gmail.com

Navneet

Degree: Hons. B.A Psychology

Mentorship Expertise: Academic Skill Development, Student Life, Experience with OSAP applications

About Them: I am going into my 5th year of my Psychology Undergrad. I love to stay super busy, but when I do get some free time I like to spend it with family and friends. My favorite hobby is to go swimming. As a mentee, you can expect me to guide you in the right direction, help you build the skills you'll need in your student life, and promote integrity and confidence.

Contact Info:peermentornavneet@gmail.com

David

Degree: Specialized Honours BA

Mentorship Expertise: Academic Skill Development, Mature Student Affairs, Knowledge of Graduate School Admissions (Clinical, Counselling etc.), Experience with Undergraduate Psychology Research at York University

About Them:  Returned to school after gaining experience in several different sectors and starting my own business. I have personal interests in philosophy, painting and cooking.

Contact Info:peermentordavidb@gmail.com

Vernetta

Degree: Hons. B.A Psychology

Mentorship Expertise: Academic Skill Development, Student Life, Mature Student Affairs, Calumet and Stong College (CSC) Volunteer/Extracurricular Life

About Them:Hi All, My name is Vernetta Avril. I am a second year Psychology major and doing an English and Professional Writing minor. I love, love books. I love to read them, smell them , be around them! In my spare time I enjoy reading ( did I say books are awesome!), writing with The Armchair Poets, baking and conversing with friends and family. I enjoy meeting interesting people and new experiences and look forward to meeting my fellow mentees.

Contact Info: peermentorvernetta@gmail.com

Hammad

Degree: Hons, B.S Psychology Minor

Mentorship Expertise: Academic Skill Development, Knowledge of Extracurriculars on campus, Student Life, Knowledge of Professional School Admissions (Medical, Physio, Dental etc.), Knowledge of Graduate School Admissions (Clinical, Counselling etc.), Knowledge of Intramural Sports on Campus, Student Finances and Budgeting, Calumet and Stong College (CSC) Volunteer/Extracurricular Life, Experience with OSAP applications

About Them: As a Peer Mentor, I will make sure that you are provided the right information about anything and everything that you would like to know about and need to know about. You can expect me to be flexible with my schedule and provide guidance and insight as quick as possible.

Contact Info:peermentorhammad@gmail.com

Samantha

Degree: Hons. B.A Psychology

Mentorship Expertise: Academic Skill Development, Knowledge of Extracurriculars on campus, Student Life, Student Finances and Budgeting

About Them: Entering university marks the beginning of a new journey. This is our time to explore who we are and discover the person we want to become. My name is Samantha Decembrini and I am currently a third-year Psychology student with an interest in development, health and well-being. The most important lesson I have come to learn this far is that growth can only occur when we are willing to accept new challenges. As a Peer Mentor, I am very excited to help you along your path while offering all the support and guidance that I can!

Contact Info:peermentorsamantha@gmail.com

Victoria

Degree: Hons. B.A Psychology and Rehabilitation Services

Mentorship Expertise: Knowledge of Extracurriculars on campus, Student Life, International Student Affairs, Calumet and Stong College (CSC) Volunteer/Extracurricular Life

About Them:  I'm an international student from the Caribbean currently enrolled in the York Seneca Rehabilitation Program, I will be graduating with a BA in Psychology from York University and a Certificate in Rehabilitative Services from Seneca College. I hope to support students with course inquiries, work/volunteer opportunities on campus and any other obstacles they may face. Hobbies of mine include going to the gym, participating in  any sport I can get involved in and playing Fortnite.

Contact Info:peermentorvictoria@gmail.com

Ishdeep

Degree:   Hons. B.S Psychology

Mentorship Expertise: Academic Skill Development, Knowledge of Extra-curriculars on campus, Student Life, Knowledge of Professional School Admissions (Medical, Physio, Dental etc.), Calumet and Stong Colege (CSC) Volunteer/Extra-curricular Life

About Them: Hi! My name is Ishdeep. Seems like yesterday I walked into York for my orientation. Bearing in mind, I can assure you I've been through it all, the high's and the lows of being a student, with that being said I can guarantee the help and direction needed to make this year memorable. Extracurriculars and volunteering that will look amazing on your resume are some of the many things I will love advising you with this year. My hobbies include staying glued to my laptop watching Netflix-nuff said. Look forward to meeting you all!

Contact Info: peermentorishdeep@gmail.ca

Daniel

Degree: Hons. B.S Psychology

Mentorship Expertise: Knowledge of Extra-curriculars on campus, Student Life, Knowledge of Graduate School Admissions (Clinical, Counselling etc.), Student Finances and Budgeting, Calumet and Stong Colege (CSC) Volunteer/Extra-curricular Life, Experience with OSAP applications

About Them:Hello Everyone, As a mentor, you can expect from me a shoulder to stand on. Come to me about any inquiries or issues that might be troubling you. My hobby is drinking coffee!

Contact Info: peermentordanielr@gmail.com

 

Sarah

Degree: B.S Psychology

Mentorship Expertise: Academic Skill Development, Knowledge of Extra-curriculars on campus, Student Life, Residence Life, Student Finances and Budgeting, Experience with OSAP applications

About Them: I am Sarah Labib, a 4th year BSc. psychology student. I am hoping to become a resourceful mentor for all psychology students on campus by using my wide knowledge of the keele campus services that i’ve gained over the years and my personal experiences. Beside my passion for Psychology, I enjoy playing guitar and sketching in my free time.

Contact Info:peermentorsarah@gmail.com

Jayashri

Degree: Hons. B.S Psychology

Mentorship Expertise: Academic Skill Development, Knowledge of Extracurriculars on campus, Student Life, Knowledge of Professional School Admissions (Medical, Physio, Dental etc.), Knowledge of Intramural Sports on Campus, Experience with Undergraduate Psychology Research at York University, Experience with OSAP applications

About Them: Starting university can definitely be overwhelming. I know exactly what that feels like, especially since I'm a relatively new student at York myself and all of the experiences and confusion are quite recent in my memory. Looking back, I can definitely see what I could have done better and provide the guidance so that your transition to York can be much better! I am so happy to be meeting and getting to know all of you in the fall and I truly hope that my help will be beneficial to you!

Contact Info:peermentorjayashri@gmail.com

Dema

Degree: Honors B.S Psychology Minor

Mentorship Expertise:Academic Skill Development, Knowledge of Extra-curriculars on campus, Student Life, Knowledge of Professional School Admissions (Medical, Physio, Dental etc.), Calumet and Stong Colege (CSC) Volunteer/Extra-curricular Life, Experience with OSAP applications

About Them: Hi there! My name is Dema (emphasis on the ‘e’) and I’m a 3rd year Psychology student. I have switched majors and faculties quite a lot, so I know the struggle! This year I hope to help lost students (as I have been one) to find their way around York with tips and tricks! (not just into their lecture hall, but also to their right academic path). Feel free to approach me, no matter what your inquiry may be :)! Fun fact; I’m also a writer and aspire to hopefully publish my own poetry book someday!

Contact Info:peermentordema@gmail.com

Haniah

Degree: Specialized Honours BSc

Mentorship Expertise: Academic Skill Development, Knowledge of Extra-curriculars on campus, Student Life, Knowledge of Graduate School Admissions (Clinical, Counselling etc.), Calumet and Stong Colege (CSC) Volunteer/Extra-curricular Life, Experience with Undergraduate Psychology Research at York University, Experience with OSAP applications

About Them: I am a third year Psychology student. So far, I’ve learned that in most cases, there is no right answer and there is no correct path you can take to achieving your goals. The best you can do is to experience as much as you can as the opportunities arise. As a peer mentor, I hope to share some of my knowledge and experiences with you to help you carve out a valuable university experience for yourself while you’re here.

Contact Info:peermentorhaniah@gmail.com