Peer Mentoring

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 program is appointment based so you would need to personally contact a mentor to arrange a meeting. Luckily for you however, our peer mentors table in Central Square from Tuesday-Thursday! 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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

Sybil

Degree:  B.A Psychology

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

About Them:  Hi everyone, my name is Sybil Chan and I am a 3rd year Psychology (BA) and Children's Studies major with a passion in Developmental Psychology! During this winter semester, I hope to provide aid for those struggling with the transition from high school to university and collaboratively find ways to reduce stress in your academic career. As a peer mentor, please feel free to contact me if you have any problems and I look forward to meeting you all!

Contact Info:  peermentorsybil@gmail.com