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PALS Buddies (formerly PALS Peer Mentors) provides a relaxed friendly space in which first year students can benefit from connecting with current students who have already gone through similar experiences.

The PALS Buddy project is all about students supporting other students. Sometimes the best people to offer first year students advice and tips about how to get the most of the CIT experience, are other more experienced students who have been exactly where they are.

Benefits of meeting with a PALS Buddy

  • Gain practical advice, encouragement and support.
  • Understand the expectations and requirements of being a college student.
  • Get guidance and information on student support services available.
  • Learn from the experiences of others.
  • Adjust and adapt to the CIT environment, know where to go and who to ask.
  • Develop a sense of belonging in CIT.
  • Build on ability to be proactive, network and make new friends.
  • Develop communication, study and personal skills.
  • Deal confidently with challenges and new experiences.
  • Understand and appreciate the value of learning from others and asking questions.

PALS Buddies are 2nd and 3rd year volunteer students. Check out the full PALS Buddy role description here.

The PALS Buddy project is continually growing and developing with a vision to further increase the numbers of mentors so that more first years across the three campuses can avail of PALS. 


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