FAQ – Mentors

Mentors

How do I register myself to become a mentor?

In order to become a mentor, you must form a group of 4-6 dedicated students. Together you must write a motivation letter and send it to intropsy@student.ru.nl before 23:59 on April 23rd. Check under the header Mentors –> Become a mentor! for more information about what needs to be included in the letter.

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

Each year, it’s very popular to become a mentor; unfortunately, this means we sometimes have to turn down mentor groups. The best 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, more and more preparation is to be expected. We organize an annual mentors weekend. This weekend will help prepare you for life as a mentor and will allow you to get to know all your fellow mentors.

Further, 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. This will take place on the 4th of June.

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.).

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

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

What is the Mentors weekend? 

If your group has passed the selection, you are also automatically allowed 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. Further, some essential information will be shared like the theme and programme of the Introduction Week. 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 something happens to one of your group members, that someone needs some extra help, or that the relations between you as mentors aren’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 the IC are here for everyone during the Introduction Week. Don’t be too shy to talk to us!

If you have some more personal problems, we have a specially assigned trust person: Mats Akkermans. Be sure to check the header Introduction Committee –> Who are we? to see who exactly we are and to be able to recognise Mats if you need him.