My experience in the UG Economics Mentor Scheme
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Hi everyone! Today I would like to write about the Mentor Scheme offered by the Economics Department.
In first year, all Economics students will be allocated a group which consists around two to three mentors. I have experienced being a mentee in my first year and a mentor during my final year. Here are some facts about the Undergraduate Economics Mentor Scheme:
a) The Mentor scheme is to help first year Economics students adjust to university life
That being said, as a mentee, one should take this opportunity to ask questions relating to university life. Having an Economics mentor is also useful because you get to hear from a person who has experienced life as an Economics student. You can ask about optional modules, applying for spring weeks, accommodation in second year amongst other things related to university life!
b) You meet with the mentor up to 7 times throughout the term
The UG Scheme is part of the Personal Development Module (PDM), so in order to pass the PDM, you will have to meet with the mentor at least 3 times. The duration of the meeting depends on what the mentor needs to talk about that particular week. For instance, in Week 7, first years in the 2019/20 did a test for a core module, so the mentor may ask on how well they think they’ve done it (if they’re comfortable talking about it) and discusses on what to improve in future.
c) Becoming a UG mentor
I became a UG mentor because I really want to give back to the Economics Department. In second year, I have been frequently going to the office hours, drop in sessions and also became the student blogger, so it’s only fair that I’d like to share my experience to the freshers and highlight them the opportunities provided by the department and the University. Once you’ve been allocated to your mentees, it is your job to contact them and gather them to the first meeting. You then encourage them to ask questions and give practical advice. As a mentor, you must also be attentive to your mentees and ensuring that their questions are answered. If needed, you can lend an ear if they feel like they’re having a difficult time. I learnt a lot when I started becoming a mentor. There will be some challenges such as gathering all of them for a meeting and finding the right time for a meeting to ensure the majority is free on the day of the meeting.
I believe that becoming a mentor really helps in enhancing one’s leadership skills and more importantly, you learn to be more attentive to people as you need to listen to their needs and this skill is really useful in a career, when you need to work in teams.
Overall, being a mentor has been a great experience for me, it’s an absolute joy to give back to the Economics Department and I hope the mentees have taken away something from me and the rest of the mentors, as much as I did when I was a mentee in first year.