Faculty of Education and Social Work

About the mentors

Find out who the First Year Experience mentors are and what they can do for you in your first year.

Who are the mentors?


Mentors are academically successful Year Two and Year Three Faculty of Education and Social Work students who are keen to pass on their survival tips to incoming students and make a valuable contribution to their university.

Mentors are available to help you with any aspect of settling into university life. They can answer questions ranging from “How do I change my enrolment?” to “Where’s a good place to eat lunch?” Your mentor will be a great source of information about the services on campus and how to use them.

Meet two of our mentors

Peta Ravlich


Peta is in her final year of study toward a Bachelor of Education (Teaching) – ECE Pasifika specialisation

“I decided to begin studying the ECE Pasifika specialisation because I wanted to make a difference for my people, and I believe a deeper understanding about children and ECE is vital for the future of our country.

I had been away from the education scene for a long time, and was overwhelmed at first, but knew that if I wanted to do well it was up to me. I have enjoyed the challenges of the programmes, and have found that staff, students and facilities such as the Academic Success Centre are all in place to help me succeed.”

Michelle Earl


Michelle is studying for a Bachelor of Education (Teaching) - Primary specialisation

“Starting my first year at University there were a lot of ‘unknowns’. The friendships and support networks I have made through my studies has made all the difference, especially through the more challenging times.

“It was my gap year volunteering abroad in an English boarding school that inspired me to pursue teaching. I want to nurture a passion for learning in others like my school teachers instilled in me.

“I spend a lot of time at the beach, I love spending time with my family and friends, and music is a big part of my life too. I am a keen photographer and I work part-time as a barista in a cafe.”