What is Rebound?
Rebound is a peer-support program that provides students such as yourself with connections to resources, services and supports on campus to help you in your transition; it is a home for any first or second year student wanting to start University off on the right foot.
You are able to you opt-in online, where shortly after you’ll be connected and encouraged to meet with a Rebound Guide; an upper year student to discuss how your transition is going, provide answers and referrals to questions, work through any challenges you may be experiencing as well as establish any goals that you might have. In these confidential conversations we will help you to find resources you may not have known existed and how to prepare for the rest of your university experience, and beyond.
100% of this year’s participants said they would recommend Rebound to a peer because it helped them with their confidence and academic performance.
Ways to Access Rebound During COVID-19
There are two ways to access Rebound during COVID-19. Rebound Guides are available to meet by Zoom or in person - pending the Guide's preference - and all in person meetings will adhere to Public Health regulations of social distancing and face masks being worn.
1. Long Term Support: If you are looking for long-term support throughout the term from a highly trained peer who can help keep you accountable to your fall and winter courses, please register for the Rebound Program and meet with a Guide weekly. Registration for our mentoring program is now closed for the winter semester. Our program is open for registration now!
2. Bookable Appointments: We are offering bookable appointments for if you are not be sure about committing to a long term program but need support navigating Blackboard, understanding expectations in your classes or learning more about services that are offered at Trent University. Please book an appointment through the Student Experience Portal with one of our Rebound Guides. Bookable appointments are available year round with the exception of exam periods.
Please note, the student staff are not counselors or tutors, but they are here to listen to any concerns or talk things out.
What do students say about Rebound?
“Being able to meet 1 on 1 with an upper year student in your field of study is a GREAT way to gain valuable knowledge. The Rebound Guides are very knowledgeable and provide great study tips, information about your program and can assist you in many ways. Everyone is so nice and helpful!! It’s a lot of fun too!”
“Rebound is the best thing I decided to do as a first year. Despite the fact my grades were ok to start with, with the help of my Rebound Guide I feel more successful and see that reflected in my grades and everyday life.”
“Rebound is a service that students should not be afraid of seeking out. After having a rough start to my university career, going to Rebound helped restore personal confidence and a belief that I can achieve the goals and tasks I have in front of me. I cannot recommend this program enough.”
Becoming a Rebound Guide
Rebound Guides are hired annually in the winter term to begin the next fall academic term. All Rebound Guides are paid $14.75 per hour. Both positions are expected to work 10 hours per week. Only students entering their third or fourth year of their undergraduate degree are eligible to apply to be a Rebound Guide. Students interested in becoming a Guide should have some experience attending workshops focused on supporting their peers (e.g. Skills to Enhance Peer Support, SafeTALK etc.), some experience supporting their peers (e.g. volunteering with Peer Support) and have a strong interest in building mentoring relationships.
Ishkodehwin: Indigenous Mentorship Program
The Ishkodehwin Indigenous Peer Mentorship Program has been designed to assist incoming Indigenous students in making a successful transition to university life and academic expectations through peer-to-peer support.
More information about the Ishkodehwin Mentorship Program offered through First Peoples House of Learning