IEU Mentorship Program

WHAT IS MENTORSHIP AT IE UNIVERSITY?

Traditionally, mentorship is a one-on-one relationship that focuses on personal and/or professional development through periodic communication and non-formal training. It is a form of learning that has existed since Ancient Greece, whereby a person with more relevant knowledge, expertise, wisdom, or experience in a specific context acts as a guide to someone who is less knowledgeable or experienced about his/her situation.

At IEU, the Mentorship Program is an optional extra-curricular activity organized for select first-year students and run by 2nd through 5th year students that provides the means to get ahead with useful information, making friends and social contacts, and generally learning 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.

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PROSPECTIVE MENTEES (INCOMING FIRST YEAR STUDENTS)

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Program Calendar

Events and Dates for Fall 2017

May/June/July

• Email regarding 2017 IEU Mentorship Program (IEUMP) is sent to matriculated students containing: a program description, the link to our website, instructions for application and the link to Online Application form
• Prospective Mentees may begin submitting applications online

October

• Week of Oct. 2nd or 9th : IEUMP Workshop event (aka “Mid-Semester Event”)
• Mentees can attend small-group events organized by Mentoring Groups (lunches, picnics, city tours, etc.)

August

• 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

November

• November 15th-31st : Final IEUMP Evaluation for Mentees (submitted online)
• Week of Nov. 20th : IEUMP Closing Event (Exact date TBA)

September

• Sept 1st : Round 3 Mentor assignments are sent out
• Sept 7th-11th : New Student Orientation week
• Sept 9th : IEUMP Kick-Off event – Mentees meet their Mentors
• Mentees can attend small-group events organized by Mentoring Groups (lunches, picnics, city tours, etc.)
• Prospective Mentees can continue to apply to the program until Sept. 30th

Past Experiences

  • Mentees

    Our Mentees Say...

    “I was a lot more comfortable with the syllabus, teachers 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.”

     

    “What did I get out of the Mentorship Program? New friends for sure, as well as a lot more confidence about myself and uni life.”

     

    “Throughout the Mentorship Program, I realized what it meant to be independent, with its advantages and responsibilities.”

     

    “I was able to ask my Mentor about classes, 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 managing 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 do-able.”

     

     “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 quite a lot harder to understand how the University worked, how some teachers or subjects were and to adapt in general. Besides that it was great to having someone to talk to both before and after the program and the semester began.”

  • Mentors

    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 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 program has improved my ability to guide and share, and has allowed me to strengthen my leadership qualities to a great extent.”

     

    “Being a Mentor allowed me to be in a situation where I had to listen to students’ concerns, understand them, and then present possible solutions to the problem. 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 think being a Mentor really reinforces the sense of community at IE, and that is the greatest positive aspect related to it. It is a good initiative that gives mentees the chance to be in direct contact with a 2nd year (if they wish to be), eliminating a barrier that can exist in some situations where 1st years feel shy towards 2nd years. It is really nice that mentors can offer their advice while remaining on the same approachable and relatable level as 1st years.”

     

    “I really enjoyed it, especially due to the fact that I met new interesting people that I probably wouldn’t have met otherwise.”

     

    “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 get 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.”

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