FAQ

Freshman

 Who can I contact when I have a personal question or problem? 

Your mentors will be helping you during the Introduction week, you can always talk to them. If this isn’t the case, if you have something which you want us as an organisation to know or are you having trouble with something else? Then you can always address someone of the Introduction Committee. We are here to grant every individual new student an unforgettable Introduction week experience and we want to know everything. Besides this, the Introduction Committee also has a special trust person: Prisca Fockens. Please check the header Introduction Committee at ‘Who are we?’ to find out who we are and you’ll be able to recognise Prisca.

And then? How does it all start? Where am I supposed to go? 

Before the Introduction week starts, you’ll be sent a ton of information. This is general information from the Radboud University about the Introduction week, but also specifically
from the mentors of the mentor group which you’ve been assigned. Here, you’ll find information about your mentors themselves and what is going to happen on the first Sunday of the Introduction week (18th of August). There will be noted a time and location in the letter where you will gather for the first time. Might you have problems regarding the meeting point and can’t reach your mentors or anyone else, feel free to visit us (the Introduction Committee) on campus from 2 PM. All the Introduction weeks will start at the same moment on Sunday and all the study courses are represented on the campus of the university. We too have a little stand and are ready for any questions which you might have.

How can I prepare myself? 

Two important things which you’ll need to acquire before the Introduction week are a sleeping location and a bicycle. If you’re not from Nijmegen or aren’t that familiar with Nijmegen, it might be difficult acquiring a sleeping place. You might be able to find a room via Facebook by looking at ‘Kamersite Nijmegen’ or via kamernet.nl. If this doesn’t work, experience has taught us that a lot of Introduction participants have connections via friends, aunts, uncles, grandmothers and – father, ex-neighbours; almost everyone knows at least a couple of people from Nijmegen. If you’re not from Nijmegen, be sure to contact your mentors a while before the Introduction week. They might know how to acquire a sleeping place. Also, student associations (such as Ovum Novum and Carolus Magnus) and sororities and fraternities hand out sleeping locations on a large scale. This might be a way to still get a room if you don’t have any points of contact in Nijmegen. You might also be able to sleep over at one of your fellow mentor group members. A bicycle is also a staple of the Introduction week. You’ll have to be able to get from point A to point B on the regular; it would be unhandy if you would have to hitch a ride or travel by bus everywhere. If you don’t own a bike, be sure to check for an “OV fiets”, Swapfiets or a second-hand bicycle store in Nijmegen.  Besides this, you don’t have to prepare that much else. Please make sure to bring enough
clothing: for nice weather, less nice weather, sporting clothes and clothing for the two theme parties. Please make sure to also bring enough money for the entire week.

What’s the deal with the Introduction weekend? Is this part of the programme? Is it mandatory?  

This year the university organises a festival for the second time. Be sure to check the Introduction Week programme!

I wasn’t able to register myself on time, but I still want to participate in the Introduction Week! What do I need to do now?

No worries! On the first Sunday (18th of August) we will be on campus as the Introduction Committee at a stand. We will be there answering questions, but also for the post-registrations. Haven’t you been able to register yourself successfully beforehand? Then visit us on that Sunday after 2 PM. We will assign you to a mentor group on the spot. We’ll call your new mentors and they will come pick up shortly, so you will be able to join your new group.

I’m not able to be present during the entire Introduction week because of a holiday/festival/etc. Can I join later on? 

Sometimes you might have something else to, making you unable to join from the start on. In these cases it’s entirely possible (and recommended) to join later on. Are you someone who’s only able to join the Introduction week later on? We’ll handle it for you! Send us an e-mail at intropsy@student.ru.nl.

Am I missing something when I don’t participate in the Introduction week? 

The Introduction week is a possibility to help you get familiar with all aspects of your new student life. Besides, you’ll meet all sorts of people who may accompany you in this new part of your life. You’ll also learn a lot more about the university where you’ll be walking the following years, what your study course looks like, what the city itself has to offer and where you’ll be able to have fun. What’s even more important is that very often, first year students stick with the people from their mentor group, them being their main points of contact in during the first study course year. The Introduction week is absolutely not mandatory, and you will still have an awesome time during your study course, but participating in the Introduction week will definitely improve your student life

Do I have to register for the Introduction week?

Yes, you must register yourself for the Introduction week. You can do this on the official website of the Introduction week of the Radboud University: www.ru.nl/introductie

What are going to do exactly?

As soon as the definitive programme of the Introduction week is announced, we’ll place it on this website. You’ll then be able to find the programme under Programme. Be sure to take into account trial lectures, fun games, the City tour, Campus tour and the legendary parties!

What exactly is the Introduction week?

The Introduction week of a study course is period of a week taking place just before the beginning of the first study course year, where new students will be introduced to their study course, the student life and all that comes with. In 2019, the Introduction will take place from Sunday 18th of August until Sunday 25th of August.

What am I to expect?

The Introduction week is a spectacular way to start off your student life and, according to a lot of students, one of the most fun periods they’ve experienced! Along with 12-18 fellow Introduction participants you’ll form a mentor group, guided by a couple of enthusiastic and fun senior students: your mentors. They’ll help you during the Introduction week to get acquainted with several aspects of your student life: your study course, the university, your fellow students, the city and partying.

Who organises the Introduction week? 

The Radboud University has a (small) general programme, but besides that, every study course has an Introduction Committee which organises a full Introduction programme for their own study course. For more information about us, be sure to check the header ‘Introduction Committee’.

Externals

Is there room for student associations in your programme? 

For sure. In our program, we always try to make room for students to get to know the student associations of Nijmegen. Our programme is quite full, so it is always good to see where we can lose activities. Mail us at intropsy@student.ru.nl so we can take a loot at what is possible!

My association would like to sponsor you and be a part of the Introduction of Psychology.

In general, it is easiest and most effective to send us an email with the details to intropsy@student.ru.nl. Then we will respond in no time!

How are we able to contact you?  As another Introduction Committee, we have some questions regarding your programme and plans.

Please send a mail to intropsy@student.ru.nl, we will answer all your questions as quickly as possible.

Mentors

How am I able to enlarge my chances of success for our group to be chosen as a mentor group? 

Each year, it’s a very popular event to become a mentor; unfortunately, this means we have to turn down a lot of mentor groups. The most successful tip we can give you as IC is to write the most amazing letter you can think of. Show us exactly who you are and why you will make amazing and responsible mentors. Think out of the box, make your letter stand out, surprise us. These letters are your business cards, so we’ll be making our judgments based on the letters entirely.

How can we best prepare as a mentorgroup? 

With the Introduction week getting closing in on us, more and more preparation is to be expected. Before the summer holiday starts there will be a final mentor meeting about all of the information regarding the Introduction week (the programme) and what we expect of you as mentors. It can come in handy to create a Facebook or WhatsApp group where you can add members of your mentor group. This way, you can talk with your group members in advance and discuss whether everyone is fully prepared for the Introduction week (sleeping places, bicycles, etc.).

I want to become a mentor! How can I register myself? 

Be sure to check the header Mentors!

Do I have to register myself for the Mentors weekend?

Yes. –To be announced–

When will I find out if my mentor group has become a definitive mentor group? 

As the Introduction Committee, we hold a meeting shortly after receiving all the mentor group letters where we select the mentor groups. The results of this meeting will be announced very soon after. You’ll be able to find out whether you have become a definitive mentor group within 2 weeks after the deadline of the letters.

When can we apply to become a mentor group? 

–Dates to be announced–

When will we find out who are assigned to our mentor group?

The registrations for the Introduction week will start to flood in at certain dates at the administrations office of the university, which hands them to us. We process this information and after this has been completed, we will hand the list with your mentor group members to you. This might be until only a week before the actual Introduction week.

What is the Mentors weekend? 

If your group has passed the selection, you’ve also automatically been chosen to take part in the legendary Mentors weekend. This is a weekend-long trip, organised by the IC for all of the mentors. The weekend is filled with games and parties and it’s a great way to get acquainted with fellow mentors and go crazy. The perfect preparation for the Introduction week!

What are we supposed to when something doesn’t go according to plan in our mentor group?

The possibility could arise that one of your group members has a special story or needs some extra help, or that the relations between you as mentors isn’t going as well as planned. Firstly, try to solve this within your group by talking about it. If this doesn’t work, come to us (the Introduction Committee). We’re ready to help with all questions, comments, uncertainties or other difficult troubles. We as IC are here for the Introduction week and thus, also for the Introduction week participants. Don’t be too shy to talk to us! If you have some more personal problems, we have a specially assigned trust person: Prisca Fockens. Be sure to check the header Introduction Committee –> Who are we? to see who exactly we are and to be able to recognise Prisca.