• 7/11/2011

Step Inside mentoring program:

Students act as mentors for senior pupils

What's in store for me when I commence my degree course? The Step Inside mentoring program gives senior pupils a proper insight into their chosen course, as conveyed by experienced students studying the relevant subject.

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Students act as mentors for senior pupils: the Step Inside mentoring program at TUM. (Photo: Astrid Eckert/Andrea Heddergott)

Step Inside will embark on a new round at the beginning of the winter term 2011/2012. All TUM students are cordially invited to offer their services as mentors.

Step Inside was initiated by three TUM students. The concept of the program is to pair up pupils interested in studying for a degree with an undergraduate mentor doing the course concerned, who is willing to pass on his/her personal experience and knowledge. The mentor supports the mentee for about half a year, answering specific queries relating to the course and the university milieu.

Preparatory course conducted by the Carl von Linde Academy

It is up to the mentor and mentee to jointly decide which aspects their exchange should touch on. The discourse can take various shapes ranging from online correspondence via Facebook, e-mail or Chat to a joint visit to the Student Counseling or a guided tour of an academic department.

Step Inside complements the successful mentoring programs TUM Mentoring and mentorING für Studentinnen, whose services can, of course, also be used by active members of the Step Inside platform. Everyone is free to participate in a preparatory "Training for mentors" course conducted by the Carl von Linde Academy. And it goes without saying that there are no objections to announcing the program at one's own former college or looking after one or two mentees from that school.

Franziska Rudolph-Albert / Benita Paraschoudis
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