The buddy scheme pairs an Honours student (third and fourth year) in the programme with a sub-honours student (first and second years).
For students who are new to the University of St Andrews the scheme is a terrific opportunity to meet somebody who has had a similar experience of transitioning between the University of St Andrews and the College of William & Mary and who already knows St Andrews. It’s also a good way to meet people and make friends.
For returning WaMStAs, the scheme is a great way to meet new students and share your experience to help make the transition smoother for others.
The role of a buddy is primarily to help the incomer settle into St Andrews by telling them a little about St Andrews social and sports life and its traditions, showing them around the town and University buildings or perhaps just going out for a coffee at the beginning of the semester.
When introduced before teaching begins, a buddy can be a helpful point of contact for any questions and queries that an incoming student may have regarding matriculation or advising.
It is ultimately up to each individual buddy pairing how much or how little contact they will have. If you would like to get involved in the Buddy Scheme, email our BA (International Honours) Intern.