The Rhodes Ncedana Mentoring Programme aims to offer you ways of figuring out the answers to these and other questions - with the guidance and support of your own senior student mentor. This is someone in the same faculty as you, who has already ‘been there’ and succeeded. You’ll get together with your mentor and a few other first years once a week in a relaxed and confidential setting, to talk about whatever’s on your mind. Ncedana means ‘help each other’.
Mentors receive initial training from the university, as well as ongoing support from academic members of staff, so that they are well-placed to help. Should you have particular queries or concerns, your mentor can also refer you to relevant specialists within the university.
If you’re interested in joining the mentoring programme, email your name, student number, cell phone number and contactable email address to: email@example.com as soon as possible. You’ll be contacted with relevant information via email early in the new term.
How much time will it take?
You’ll get together once a week for about 45 minutes with your mentor and a few other first years.
How long does the programme run for?
The first semester i.e. terms 1 & 2. And there’s the option of a ‘touch base’ session or two with your mentor after the June exams, in term 3.
Can I opt out?
Yes. If you’ve attended three or more sessions and decide that it’s not for you, then you can just let your mentor know you have decided to opt out.
Will it cost me anything?
Not a cent – it’s a free service.
*** To hear what previous first years have to say about the benefits of a mentoring group, check out this link: Ncedana Peer Mentoring Sheet
For queries or a colour copy of this document - email Benita on firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: If you are registered as a Pharmacy 1 student or in the Extended Studies Programme you will be joining a different mentoring programme - namely the TAI Mentoring Programme - so there’s no need to sign up for the Ncedana Programme as well. You’ll be contacted about TAI early in the first term.