"This was a really positive experience for me - my buddy is such a lovely, friendly person and meeting a 3rd year student helped me feel welcome and settle in. Thank you!" ALSS Level 4 student.
The ALSS Buddy Scheme has been running successfully since 2016. This is your opportunity to get to know a 2nd or 3rd year student who has already been through the experience of starting here and can help you settle into university life, whether based in Cambridge or Chelmsford.
All undergraduate students in our faculty are automatically allocated a Buddy and all you need to do is sign up on SurveyMonkey. We can then share your email address with your Buddy so they can get in touch before you arrive. (The scheme is optional should you choose not to have a Buddy.)
Starting life at university is an exciting time and represents a great achievement. However, this experience can be both exciting and a bit daunting, so making friends with a current student can help clear up any questions and help you make the most of your first few weeks.
When you sign up for the Buddy scheme, we’ll match you with a 2nd or 3rd year student, preferably from your own course and with similar interests, as far as possible. All our Buddies are trained in how best to help and communicate advice to new students. They are expected to be friendly, approachable, reliable, trustworthy and knowledgeable about our University.
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Your Buddy's aim is to welcome you and make sure your start here is a good experience. You can sign up on SurveyMonkey.
If you have any questions about the scheme, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.