WHAT IS MENTORSHIP AT IE UNIVERSITY?
The Mentorship Society is an optional extra-curricular activity organized for select first-year students. With the contribution of our volunteer student mentors, the Society provides the means to get ahead with useful information and to make friends and social contacts early in the semester. It helps new students learn the ropes at IEU both before and after the first day of classes; in short, making the most of the freshman experience.
Once accepted and registered at IEU, incoming freshmen can apply for a place in the program, which entitles them to a range of benefits and perks to get them off to the best start possible.
Mentorship Society 2018 Calendar
• Students who have reserved a place at IEU receive via email an invitation to apply.
• Prospective Mentees may begin submitting applications online.
• Aug. 1st : Round 1 Mentor assignments are sent out
• New Mentee applications continue to be accepted and assigned
• Aug. 20th : Round 2 Mentor assignments are sent out
Mentees may contact their Mentors with any questions as soon as they have received their assignments.
• Sept. 3rd : Round 3 Mentor assignments are sent out
• Sept.10th-14th : New Student Orientation week
• Sept. 15th : Mentorship Society Kick-Off event (for all Society members)– Mentees gather to socialize and meet their Mentors
• Mentors may organize informal get-togethers with their Mentees (a meal, outing, city tour, etc.)
• Various events exclusive to Society members will be held (Details TBA)
New students can continue to apply until Sept. 30th
• Last Society events are held before mid-term exams
• A final Closing Event, hosted by the Mentees, will be held as a "thank you" to Mentors
• Mentors and Mentees submit a short online evaluation of their experiences
December & Beyond
Many Mentor-Mentee relationships continue throughout a student's time at IE University...and some Mentees decide to become Mentors in future editions! Applications for the following year open in the Spring term.
Our Mentees Say...
“I was a lot more comfortable with the syllabus, professors and how to approach the subject. My Mentor also made me feel extremely included with everyone at IE and ensured all my problems were taken care of.”
“I was able to ask my Mentor about the courses and she gave me advice on how to schedule my classes. I was even able to ask her about how to prepare for the semester, from managing time and studying, to handling the Spanish winter.”
“My Mentor definitely prepared me for the program I am currently in. I know that it will be a hard program, but speaking to her made me realise that if I plan and organise my time well, it is definitely doable.”
“I would like to become part of this program as a Mentor next year because I found it really useful, and it would have been a lot harder to understand how the University worked, how some professors or subjects were, and to adapt in general. Besides that, it was great having someone to talk to both before and after the semester began.”
Our Mentors Say...
“I love being a Mentor. It feels nice to be there for someone and being able to help the new students that still don’t have much of an idea of how University works.”
“In a short period of time, I was able to not only build a social network between many of the Mentors, but also between me and my Mentees, made some good friends, and really enjoyed the time I spent with them during our dinners every two weeks. I really think that the Mentorship Society has improved my ability to guide and share, and has allowed me to strengthen my leadership skills to a great extent.”
“Being a Mentor allowed me to be in situations where I had to listen to students’ concerns, understand them, and then present possible solutions to their problems. This may sound very simple, but it is extremely difficult to do it well. Overall, a great experience and, without a doubt, this will help me in the future.”
“I learned that sometimes it takes a little bit of time for others to open up and ask for help – that does not mean that they are generally uninterested or don’t need your help. It simply means that they are less extroverted and take more time to feel comfortable. I learned that the best thing to do in those situations is to be patient and show the other person that you don’t mind waiting for them; that you will be there even if they approach you after a month for the first time.”
“It was really nice to serve as a mentor and help people who were initially nervous and a little lost, and now seeing them very happy and more confident in the University.”
How do I apply for the Mentorship Society?
Once you are accepted to IEU and have paid your place reservation fee, you will receive an email from the Mentorship Society inviting you to apply. This message contains the link to our Online Application Form. It is very important that you submit complete, well-considered answers if you would like to be accepted to the program and for us to assign you to a Mentor that is a good match for you.
When can I apply to be a Mentee?
Anytime between May and September 2018. Once you have paid your place reservation fee, keep an eye on your email inbox for a message with "Mentorship Society" in the subject line (do not forget to check your SPAM folder!).
If I am accepted, when can I expect to hear from my Mentor?
Depending on when you submit your application, you may receive news of your acceptance anytime from August to the end of September, when the application period closes. Applications will be processed in the order that they are received, however there will be places kept available for desirable candidates throughout the registration period.
Accepted Mentees will receive their assigned Mentor's name and contact details in one of three rounds (depending on the timing of their application) beginning on August 1st. Mentees can expect a welcome message from their Mentor around the time they receive their Mentor assignment email . See our Calendar above for further details.
How are Mentees selected from among the applicant pool?
Your application will be assessed on the quality of your responses and providing that you submit a fully detailed application form. We are looking for first-years who are excited to participate in our Mentorship community, community and willing to commit to their active involvement through the first semester.
If you leave answers blank, or give only short, perfunctory answers to some questions, this may be considered grounds for discarding the application.
What if I change my mind about applying?
The application period will begin in May and last through the end of September: this means that even if you don’t apply over the summer, it is still possible to apply after you arrive at IEU in September. Keep in mind, however, that there are fewer spots allotted for new Mentees accepted later in the application period, so the earlier you apply, the better.
If for some reason you decide that you do not wish to participate after submitting an application, please email us to notify us of the change (see contact details below).