Thompson Rivers University


  发表于: 二○一九年十月十六日

Student Storyteller Theresa John

Student Storyteller Theresa John discusses mentorship with Mathilda Chillihitzia, 土著 Mentor 和 社区 Coordinator.

As the semester gets into full swing, I’m reminded of the importance of connectivity and the need for an academic 社区. Navigating 学生生活 can be a complicated experience; balancing your course expectations, professional responsibilities, family obligations, along with health and wellness, can be very stressful. The challenge is also about understanding how to reach out 和 be open to those connections.

You might resist making new social or academic connections out of fear, nervousness, or uncertainty. Stepping out of your comfort zone can be frightening and yet, almost every opportunity resides beyond that comfort zone. Allowing someone to guide you through the process permits you to ask for help. You may not know what you need, but you know you need encouragement and guidance from a different perspective. I was sharing these thoughts with my cousin, who attends another university, 和 she felt the onus was on the institution to spark the conversation.

I couldn’t help but wonder, whose responsibility is it to ask for help?

If you ask me, I believe we all have a responsibility to offer and receive help. Providing helpful suggestions or directions to someone who looks lost, confused or discouraged is a great place to start. Asking for help and helping others has had a great impact on my academic journey. I made new friends, got more from my classes and understood what services were available to help me succeed. After I got the hang of things, I found it was my responsibility to pay that wisdom forward to new students. It’s the cycle of mentorship, 和 why having a mentor is so important. Let’s be honest: it’s such a comfort to know that even the most seasoned experts were once the new kid on campus.

Mentors can help build networks and accelerate your ability to navigate the institution 和 社区 in a way that is suitable to your daily routine. Through the 土著导师计划 at cplul'kw'ten, students can be matched with someone who has walked the path before, 和 can act as a guide through your academic journey.

cplul'kw'ten provides a safe social 和 study space that fosters healthy peer relationships. 支持 comes in the form of a team learning strategists, an Indigenous liaison, an 土著 transitions co-ordinator, 社区 co-ordinators and advisors. If ever you’re in need of some gr和parent-like advice, there’s also an 长老程序. Whether you have questions about housing, transportation, child care, bursaries, scholarships, Work Study opportunities or just need someone to talk to, there will be someone to guide you through the process. Beyond that, there are satellite tutors from the 写作中心, 数学中心图书馆 who visit Cplul’kw’ten regularly. cplul'kw'ten also promotes other social events like free movie nights on campus, weekly soup circle or the annual TRU powwow.

In order to be a successful student, encouragement, guidance and mentorship are key. Establishing networks that improve your university experiences is beyond valuable. Mentorship programs allow students to share their experiences and individual gifts; by promoting interrelationships on campus, you are building a community that can last a lifetime. Mathilda Chillihitzia, 土著 mentor and 社区 co-ordinator, said: “One thing that cplul'kw'ten tries to achieve is creating a home away from home” where strangers become family, and roles are dynamic and fluid. It’s a place to gather, connect 和 lift each other up in a way that builds meaningful relationships long after graduation.

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Since moving to Kamloops, Theresa has gained an appreciation for the area, and acknowledges the privilege of learning on the traditional and unceded l和s of the Secwépemc people.