You may have seen the first announcement heralding the arrival of new first years and their blogs. This is also the moment when I begin to look for some community-minded year 2 and year 3 students* who might be up for a bit of online (and offline!) mentoring.
I know things get very busy for all of you, but I'm hoping I can find some volunteers who might agree to mentor the new first years intensively for the first five weeks of term - from the launch of their first brief to the red letter day of their first final crit. It's about getting them up-to-speed, trouble-shooting and taking good care of their highs and lows. In short, it's about remembering how it was for you and being a force for good. Let's see if we can speed up the trudge of all those learning curves and get our new recruits on message asap.
I'm looking for about 15 mentors, so spread the word. If you're interested, drop me an email and we'll get the ball rolling. You should be interested because every reference I've written this Summer for current and graduated students has asked me to cite specific examples of when the candidate-in-question has demonstrated 'positive participation and good group dynamics'. Mentoring is always valued by employers looking for evidence that you're 'a people person'.
*It goes without saying that any recent alumni looking to enrich their cvs with 'online digital tutoring' experience are welcome too. There's a Linkedin endorsement in it for you and a glowing character reference obviously!