Here at the Paul Menton Centre (PMC), we know that this fall semester marks several big changes. Whether you are making the transition from high school to university, moving from online to in-person classes and/or adjusting to disability-related services at the post-secondary level, the PMC appreciates the challenges you may face. We also know that you are not alone in these challenges.
There is a community of seasoned PMC students who possess tons of experiential knowledge about how to make studying at Carleton University more manageable. In their own words, here is what a few student members of the PMC community have to say about the PMC Mentorship Volunteer Program (MVP):
“I greatly enjoyed the opportunity to be involved with the program in the past year. Connecting with another student and being able to assist them with tasks and provide a friendly face on campus was an extremely rewarding opportunity. I highly recommend participating in this program as a mentor or mentee!”
“As a PMC mentor, I reassured my mentee that their experiences were valid. The program let me make the process of getting a diagnosis not scary but something that can come with many benefits. I was able to introduce many PMC resources and department-specific resources that my mentee wasn’t aware of. My mentee thought they were different and had something wrong with them because of their diagnosis. I was one of the first people they encountered who could tell them that I experience something similar, and
here’s what can help.”
Formally, the PMC’s Student Mentorship Volunteer Program (MVP) connects PMC veterans with PMC newbies to help make many aspects of university more approachable to students with disabilities. We aim to pair mentors and mentees who share similar disabilities and/or areas of study.