What is the Strong Start Mentorship Program:
The Mentorship Program helps to welcome and orient new international students to Douglas College. New international students will have the opportunity to be matched and connected with returning senior students called Student Mentors. Student Mentors will help guide mentees by sharing experiences, providing social connection and important student life information.
Mentors help new students by answering questions about Douglas College or re-directing them to contact essential Douglas College services, New International student essentials including medical insurance, how to navigate the website, how to find textbooks and tips on preparing for a virtual education.
Create early connections from mentor to mentee and provide new international students the support and guidance they need to transition to Canada, BC, and Douglas College.
- Help orient students to Douglas College services.
- Support a peer-to-peer network between new students.
- Reduce the feelings of loneliness and isolation among new students.
- Increase intercultural communication skills and competency for all participants.