Lamisha Ahnaf, Peer Mentor

Second year BBMED undergrad and future nutritionist

Do you have any plans for what you’d like to do after you graduate?

I want to take a gap year after I finish this degree but after that I plan to do a Masters in Dietetics - I am really interested in nutrition.

What do you enjoy most about studying at UoM?

The highlight for me has definitely been the people I have met through my involvement in various clubs and societies. And I really love the UoM campus and its location - all the instagrammable spots, great coffee places nearby and being able to jump from one library to another for a study session with mates!

Did you have a mentor with you first came to uni?

When I moved to Melbourne for uni, I didn't know a single person - nor did I have a mentor. I had to rely on myself a lot to get around initially but also sought help from others when I needed it. It made me realise the importance of having someone help you settle into uni life - and that's why I wanted to become a peer mentor to new students.

What services would you recommend to new undergraduates if they need help and support?

Stop 1, Academic Skills workshops, UMSU clubs and societies, and the health and dental services.

What's the best thing about studying the School of Biomedical Sciences?

Definitely the teaching staff - I don't think I have had a lecturer or tutor so far that was not deeply passionate about what they were teaching.

What advice would you give to a new undergraduate?

Ask for help when you need it. Reach out to your family and friends, your professors and tutors and support services. There are people available and wanting to help you so don't be afraid to ask!