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Meet our Peer Mentors of the Year at our Malaysian Campus

By Newcastle University

We’re so proud of the work the Peer Mentors at our NUMed Malaysia Campus have done this year to help our new students feel at home.

To celebrate, we asked our first-year mentees to nominate their Peer Mentor for the award of Peer Mentor of the Year, and we're very proud of our two winners: Jin Ren Lau and Rong Hao Goh.

We asked our winners all about what it’s like to be a Peer Mentor…


Jin Ren Lau

Jin Lau

Why did you decide to become a Peer Mentor?

I was definitely inspired by my own Peer Mentor! I am thankful to have had fantastic mentor who made me feel supported when I first entered medical school. I hoped that I could give back and also be that person for someone else in the future.

I understand the challenges freshers may go through and I wanted to help them as they navigated through the transition period. Most importantly, I was certain that this was a meaningful and rewarding job.


What would you say to someone thinking about becoming a Peer Mentor?

Give it a try! Be the mentor you wish you had! I am sure that you will find it very rewarding and insightful! Mentoring is a two-way street. You will be able to make new friends with the same interests, develop skills in a low-pressure environment and gain a fulfilling experience by making a positive impact on someone’s life. Always remember, true happiness is giving it away!


What was it like being nominated and winning Peer Mentor of the Year?

I was touched beyond words when I was announced as the Peer Mentor of the Year. I would also like to express my sincere gratitude to my mentees for being kind and supportive throughout the year. Winning this award is a reminder for myself to always give and help others selflessly.


Rong Hao Goh

Rong Hao

What do you do as a Peer Mentor?

I looked after their academic progress and general well-being, send them reminders, and I offer them a helping hand when they require assistance in assignments, revisions, participation in clubs and activities. Also, I shared some interesting facts about the school and people that they would meet!


What can a mentee expect from a Peer Mentor?

In general, a Peer Mentor will guide you through Year 1 and share with you their experiences of their first year. The details might not always be applicable to your present year as changes occur, but it will somehow show you a general picture of your studies. Mentees can also ask their Peer Mentor academic or non-academic enquiries. For example, study tips to prepare for exams, recommendations of places to grab a good cup of coffee nearby or suggestions of fun events, societies, and clubs to join. 


What transferable skills have you developed as a result of being a Peer Mentor?

I have become more sensible and more confident when it comes to communication. As a Peer Mentor, I knew I had to be the first person to break the ice between my mentees and I and overcome the very initial awkwardness among the group. Time-management, in order to achieve work-life balance, is another skill which I developed more from being a Peer Mentor. Even though Year 2 is packed with studies, I learnt to engage myself with my mentees and build connections with their friends too. I really appreciated that I got to widen my social circle through this scheme, which was unexpected.


You can find out more about what it's like to be a Peer Mentor and how to apply here

Become a Peer Mentor