WIT students awarded at the Peer 2 Peer awards ceremony

Education
Department of Health Sport and Exercise Science students dominate the mentor panel

Department of Health Sport and Exercise Science students dominate the mentor panel

WIT acknowledges 37 mentors from the Peer 2 Peer programme for their work in assisting first year students make an easy transition from second level

Student Life and Learning at Waterford Institute of Technology founded its Peer 2 Peer organisation just two years ago and recently celebrated its first awards night.

The Peer 2 Peer programme assigns a mentor to each first year course; the mentor is a second, third or fourth year student who assists first year students in a number of ways, from simple tasks like assignments, to the more difficult areas, such as the transition from second level to third level.

The Peer 2 Peer awards ceremony was held in the WIT auditorium where a large number of staff and students attended the evening, to celebrate each of the 37 mentors and the time they gave to the programme. Overall the volunteers stemmed from the Department of Health, Sport and Exercise Science.

President of WIT, Professor Willie Donnelly spoke briefly about the event and expressed his thanks, for the wonderful work the mentors had done throughout the year.

Peer support worker Cathy Pembroke explains the importance of the event. “It was a night of acknowledgment, to say thank you to the mentors who give up so much of their own time. They help new students feel a sense of belonging; they assist in retention and are a huge asset to WIT.”

These mentors assist first year students in a number of ways, from simple things like assignments, to the more difficult areas, such as the transition from secondary school student to college student.

Mentors are assigned roles such as assisting first time students with day to day issues and also includes taking part in social outings with their allocated group of first years.

Each mentor undergoes two days training before they begin. “We always stress that the students are mentors, and not counsellors,” peer support worker Katie Dillon-Keane says.

“The mentors are there for the students, and in return we’re here for the mentors. Everybody needs someone to rely on and have a chat to if they have questions or concerns,” adds Pembroke.

“Each group of first years are assigned a mentor, and they’re encouraged to take part in the activities and interact with their mentor, “in the past year we’ve had table quiz’, bowling and rock climbing days out” Katie says.

“Some of our mentors this year were first years involved in the programme last year. They’re a team and they’re happy to help younger students adapt to this new life,” Dillon-Keane says.

 

Mentors awarded:

Erica Corcoran - Health Promotion Year 2

Sarah Lewis - Health Promotion Year 2

Fiona Slade - Health Promotion Year 4

Colin Keogh - Exercise and Health Year 4

Megan Keogh - Exercise and  Health Year 4

Patricia Hamm - Exercise and Health Year 2

Stephen Long - Exercise and Health Year 2

Dale Murphy-Butler - Exercise and Health Year 2

Colm Nolan - Exercise and Health Year 4

Nora Walsh - Exercise and Health Year 2

Liam Hayden - Exercise and Health Year 2

Ros Venn - Exercise and Health Year 2

Aine Byrne - Exercise and Health Year 2

Sarah Cullen - Exercise and Health Year

Aoife Flanagan - Exercise and Health Year 4

Sharon Lucey - Exercise and Health Year 4

Michael Kavanagh - Exercise and Health Year 4

Aneta Kuczynska - Exercise and Health Year 4

Michelle McInerny - Exercise and Health Year 4

Sean Keogh - Exercise and Health Year 2

Anthony Cogley - Sports Coaching and Performance Year 2

Jason Godison - Sports Coaching & Performance Year 2

Michael Walker - Sports Coaching & Performance Year 2

Sharon Towey - Recreation and Sport Management Year 2

Tadgh Brophy - Recreation and Sport Management Year 2

Lauren Cottrell - Recreation and Sport Management Year 2

Hollie Grooves - Recreation and Sport Management Year 4

Aoife Casey - Recreation and Sport Management Year 2

Laura Pierce - Recreation and Sport Management Year 4

Shauna Donaghoe - Recreation and Sport Management Year 2

Orla Foley - Recreation and Sport Management Year 4

Katie Flynn - Recreation and Sport Management Year 4

Lauran Bergin - Recreation and Sport Management Year 4

Cormac Bates - Recreation and Sports Management Year 2

Aine Thomas - Recreation and Sport Management Year 2

Rob O’ Leary - Recreation and Sport Management Year 4

Jamie Malone - Recreation and Sport Management Year 4

Related Courses

Bachelor of Science (Honours) in  Sports Coaching & Performance
Bachelor of Science (Honours) in  Exercise Sciences (Common Entry)
Bachelor of Science (Honours) in  Sport & Exercise Science
Bachelor of Science (Honours) in  Nutrition & Exercise Science
Bachelor of Science (Honours) in  Health & Exercise Science
Bachelor of Business in  Recreation & Sport Management
Bachelor of Science (Honours) in  Public Health & Health Promotion
Bachelor of Science (Honours) in  Health Sciences (Common Entry)

Featured News