Editors Note: This is an archived blog post from 5/11/2012.
North of Oxford Rd. in day time: the kind of unusual adventure that comes with being an Historian.
On Wednesday 19 September during Welcome Week the History Peer Mentors came together and organised a brand new event, a History Scavenger Hunt of Manchester. The aim was to introduce the new first year students into university life at Manchester, whilst providing an event for them to meet their mentors for the year ahead. Dr Sasha Handley produced an interesting and helpful quiz for the mentor groups to complete, which enabled the first years to explore both the university and parts of the city centre, whilst also getting to know their mentors. The event ran incredibly smoothly thanks to the enthusiasm of the 30-40 Peer Mentors that attended, a number of them having to motivate groups of ‘ill’ first years along the Scavenger Hunt. Nevertheless, the event was a great success and lots of fun for all that attended. Various pictures of some of the tasks completed on the Scavenger Hunt by various groups illustrate the enjoyment that the groups had throughout the morning.
Members of the winning group, who named themselves the ‘Mila Kunis Appreciation Society’, were led by Scott Burn and Jade Gordon-Johnson. Each member of the winning team, which included James Adshead, Xan Atkins, Kate Ayling, Thomas Barnett, Anawara Begum, Ben Beach, Esther Bloch, Oliver Bailey and Emily Campbell, each received a £10 Amazon gift voucher as their prize. Special thanks must go to Sasha Handley and Paul Oldfield for making the event such a triumph and hopefully the success is a sign of things to come for a very enthusiastic group of mentors. The History Peer Mentors look forward to many more successful events this year: the next one is a ‘First Essay Clinic’ for those who would like some peer support as they approach their first substantial essay at university. The Clinic takes place on Wednesday 7 November at 1pm in the History Common Room – we hope to see many of you there. Keep an eye on the History Student Portal where details of all future Peer Mentoring activities will appear shortly.
Sam Comer (Peer Mentor Student Coordinator)