Development of KAMP
KAMP is student led mentoring program that helps new students navigate the transition to university life. Pavlina Faltynek, Chad Buckland, and Canaan Legault developed the KAMP concept in a fourth year psychology course at King’s in 2013/2014.
"We think of it as University 101," says Pavlina, who is now a graduate of King’s with an Honours Specialization in Psychology. "The program is designed so that new students will learn how to navigate the system and understand the culture of King’s."
As a recent King’s graduate with an Honours Specialization in Psychology and a Major in History, Chad is proud that the program will allow upper year students to share their knowledge of the services at King’s with incoming students. “We want to give new students the best chance to do well here, academically. We’re here to show them the ropes and help them get through."
Katie Hart, who has now graduated King’s with an Honours Specialization in Psychology, was brought onto the KAMP team in August 2014 to co-coordinate the program with Chad in the 2014/2015 academic year. “The support of the King’s community is what made KAMP such a great success this year. It has been amazing to be involved in a program with this amount of potential to help university students.”
After an impressive pilot run of the program, Kendra Hardy, KAMP mentor and current King’s psychology student, will coordinate the program in the 2015/2016 academic year.