At the beginning semester 1 this year the Waite Peer Mentor Program was launched in response to a clear need for more support for students from their peers. The structure of the program was designed by 2nd and 3rd year students from the Bachelor of Viticulture and Oenology and Bachelor of Agricultural Science degree programs.

The program aims to connect students at different year levels of all degrees offered at the Waite campus so they can learn from each other’s experiences and make the transition from North Terrace to Waite smoother. The program currently has 16 peer mentors who are keen to help their peers survive and thrive at the Waite.

On Monday 14th May the Peer Mentor Program ran a Professional Speed Dating event where 1st and 2nd year students could meet and ask questions of their peers in 3rd and 4th year. The relaxed atmosphere created an informal environment which encouraged a lot of discussion.

One of the senior students commented: “Fantastic concept and great for both Mentors and Mentees. I wish this was available in my first year!”

The evening also included a panel discussion with past graduates, Melissa Rogers, Angus Butler, Alanna Pepper and Linge (Grace) Cai who shared their experiences after finishing their undergraduate studies.

Peer mentors can often be found hanging out in the Hub and can be identified by their bright pink high-Viz vests! For more information about the program please contact Beth Loveys (

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