June 2, 2017, by brzjmw
Join PhysSoc: a smooth start to university life
PhysSoc is here to help students enjoy a smooth transition into student life.
We understand that heading off to university for the first time can be a daunting experience. You may not know quite what to expect, or how you will adjust. We want to help you settle in, find your way around, and meet other students from your own year group, and others.
This is why the School of Physics and Astronomy, along with our award-winning student physics society, PhysSoc, have developed a scheme to help you learn from those who went before. Mentors from year 2, 3, or 4 are on hand to help new students with any advice, from studying to simply finding different places across campus.
All new students are allocated a mentor, and PhysSoc hosts weekly 1-hour sessions throughout the autumn semester for mentor groups to meet up — including pizza! The first years are encouraged to use these sessions for general help and advice for anything from finding buildings on campus, to workload expectations, to getting advice on accommodation in Year 2. The lunchtime sessions offer a casual way for mentors and mentees to meet, either for advice, or even just as a way to get to know more students on their course.
One of the student mentors explains: “The first few weeks at uni can be incredibly daunting. I’ve found that being a mentor provides a great opportunity to help the first years feel as welcome as possible. Mentoring has also given me the chance to get to know students from year groups outside of my own. The sessions are very laid-back and I enjoy the opportunity each week to have a relaxed chat with my mentees.”