Buddy Scheme Relaunches #4

Portrait of a Mentee

The Students’ Union Buddy Scheme is relaunching this year in a new, improved formula. Still unsure about applying? Read this interview with one of the current mentees and see for yourself.

This week we spoke to Joseph, a Mathematics student.

Name: Joseph

Degree: BSc Mathematics with Actuarial Science

Year: 1st

From: Suffolk

What made you choose QMUL?

I first came here for an Open Day and I had a great time. I loved the campus and I immediately decided I wanted to apply here.

What is the best thing about having a mentor?

It’s great to have someone that you can share their experience with you, so you don’t end up making the same mistakes. Thanks to my mentor, I find it easier to cope with any challenges that may come my way and I am more confident that I can be successful in my course.

What was the most challenging experience so far and how did your mentor help overcome it?

My mentor supported me when I decided to apply for a position as student ambassador. Because he’s been through the same process, I found it really helpful when he shared his tips and it made me overcome my fear and nervousness regarding the group interview. Now we work together on Open Days and I really enjoy it, especially since I get to do that with a friend.

How do you see your relationship with your mentor in the future?

I think we will stay friends. It will be exciting if we end up in the same year!

What advice would you give a buddy pair?

My advice is mainly for mentees: use your mentor and use them wisely. Try to engage as much as possible and you might gain a friend for the rest of your university life.

To find out more about the Buddy Scheme, click here.