EMTV Online recently caught up with students of the Pacific Adventist University (PAU) during their mentoring sessions outside its School of Health Science.
At the 14 Mile Campus outside Port Moresby, the Seventh Day Adventist administered institution’s School of Health Science faculty runs a mentoring program where the final year students mentor first year students.
According to Sharon Gele, a year 4 Nursing student, the program started in 2014 and runs for a maximum period of two months every year.
“Students from the science departments, especially Anatomy and Physiology also join the mentoring program.” Gele said.
Ms. Gele says the mentoring program continues for a year for the Anatomy and Physiology students.
On Thursday, 9 March, EMTV Online met students as they were sitting in groups under shady trees, participating in the mentoring sessions conducted by final year students.
One of the mentors and final year student, Dalyn Maira says they mostly help the students who are freshmen to eventually familiarise with the university life.
“We help them with any study-related queries they might have so they are in a better position to blend into the systems of university,” said Maira.
Maira, who is also taking Nursing at PAU, was in action, mentoring her group of first year students when EMTV Online met them.
The mentoring program not only helps local students, but also many other students from around the world who come to study at PAU.
While most students come from PNG, Pacific Adventist University’s 14 Mile campus, also known as a bird sanctuary caters for young people from Pacific Island nations as well as others from Africa, Australia, Pakistan, China, the Philippines, and the United States.