By Ian Russell, Centre Leader and Oxbridge Scheme and UCAS Support Manager
It all began in April, six months before the start of the autumn term when our students are due to take up their places at Oxbridge. A Meet your Mentor event gave our mentoring pairs the opportunity to get to know each other and start to build a relationship that will last throughout our students’ first year at university. Since then, the pairs have been meeting to discuss how best to prepare for the exciting next step into Higher Education. Discussions have ranged from the college system, figuring out strategies to meet the academic demands of studying at a higher level, and even learning how to cook the best dishes on a student budget.
Equipped with all the advice and knowledge gained from working with their mentors, the young people will set off in October to start their university careers at Oxford and Cambridge. Throughout their first year the students will be in contact with their mentors to talk through their successes and challenges and to glean all the tips they can to help them thrive in their new environment. This support is particularly valuable in the first term as students adapt to life at university and are faced with a range of new situations and opportunities. Once the first year exams are over and students return home for the summer, the pairs will meet again to discuss all they have achieved together, and to look forward to what lies ahead.