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IEU Mentorship Society – 2018 Edition!

Written on October 10, 2018 by Campus Life in Other Activities

The 2018 edition of the IEU Mentorship Society officially started in September with 407 first-year Mentees, 131 student Mentors, and 12 student Mentor Leaders (MLs). MLs began planning the official events before the start of the summer, and Mentors and Mentees began interacting online in August prior to the first day of classes. (To view the updated lists of Mentors and MLS in each campus, click on the links below.)

Segovia Campus

Madrid Campus

Since last year’s edition, the IEU Mentorship Society has been incorporating a more pro-active student-led approach to its activities and events, mainly led by the MLs with a significant support from Mentors who wish to be involved in their planning and execution.  

In that same line of thought, the content of our Kick-Off Event during Orientation Week and the subsequent official events and activities have been developed differently in Segovia and Madrid. The aim of the Mentorship Society is to offer different kinds of opportunities for its members to come together in large and small groups, exchange valuable information and experiences, and continue building connections, friendships, and a sense of community.

Another highlight of this year’s edition has been the participation of Unismart, a company based in New Zealand, in a 70-minute show to open the Kick-Off event. The aim was to send a powerful message to Mentees and Mentors alike about the importance of finding a balance at IEU and reaching out for help whenever necessary by taking full advantage of the different services that the University has at their disposal. Actress Lizzie Tollemache delivered an energetic, funny, and highly engaging performance where she skillfully combined humor and useful advice for our Mentorship Society members.

Below is a brief summary of what has been happening in both campuses since September:

Segovia Campus

Starting in August and through Orientation Week, Mentees and their Mentors in Segovia seized the opportunity to casually meet and introduce themselves both online and in person. After opening the Kick-Off Event with UniSmart’s outstanding performance in the Aula Magna, participants searched around the campus for the answers to campus trivia questions. The event closed with some pizza and Mentee T-shirts for everyone as they socialized in a laid back setting, accompanied by music in the background.

The first week of classes for Mentees came with a couple of Mentor Polo Days where we had snacks in front of the Cafeteria, members could send each other written messages along with a candy, and they had the opportunity to take pictures in front of our own Mentorship Society backdrop to upload to our Instagram account!

In the coming weeks, our members in Segovia will be able to enjoy a Hilltop Sunset Social, a couple of Movie Nights, and an International Potluck Lunch with a few performances by our students. This is only a small part of what Mentees and Mentors have experienced and will be enjoying in the coming weeks in addition to all their frequent interactions asking questions, meeting up for coffee or dinner, or going out together. Mentors are there to make Mentees’ transition to uni life smooth, fun, and engaging. Mentees are there to allow Mentors to share their know-how as experienced students and expand their network of friends.

Madrid Campus

In Madrid, the Mentorship Society started off strong with the fantastic presentation by Unismart at the Lázaro Galdinao Museum, followed by a race against the clock to find local hotspots and student haunts. The scavenger hunt finished with a pizza social in front of the MMB campus building, giving Mentors and Mentees a chance to catch their breath and catch up with one another. The following week Mentors could be seen around campus sporting their navy blue Mentor polo shirts – giving Mentees and other freshmen a chance to ask for on-the-spot advice or directions during their first days of classes. The next weekend Mentors and Mentees got to know the city center with a unique tour guided by start-up Living La Vida Local, washing the afternoon down with tapas and drinks in La Latina.

There’s still more to come for the Mentorship Society in Madrid, with a day visit to Toledo, a Board Game Night and more up ahead. All the while Mentors have been making sure that Mentees get the best possible start to their university lives – and will be there to check in with them through mid-terms, finals and beyond!

 

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