Students as mentors for school pupils who are interested in studying
In the Step Inside program, TUM students act as mentors for school pupils who are interested in studying – over the course of several months in which they pass on their individual experiences with studying and university life. Architecture student Theresa tells us how the program helped her to decide on a course of studies, and why she is now a mentor herself:
“When I was still at school, I became aware of the TUM’s Step Inside program – and I was really enthusiastic about it from the very beginning. It was exactly what I was looking for. During the last few school years, I had become quite sure that I wanted to study Architecture, but I didn’t have much of an idea about what studying is like back then.
I was introduced to the program and got to know my mentor, a Master’s student of Architecture. We met up several times, and he told me about his studies and shared his “insider knowledge” with me. I was able to accompany him to lectures, seminars, and even to project presentations. Naturally, we didn’t want to miss out on student life either – so we went to student bars a few times.
Passing on experience to others
Now, my mentor and I are still good friends, and we meet up and talk on a regular basis. Being a student at TUM myself, I definitely wanted to become a mentor at Step Inside myself to promote my course of studies and to share my experiences with others.
My mentee has just finished the 11th class at a secondary school in Munich, and I’m trying to help her to get an impression of what studying at TUM is like. For example, I took her to the Main Campus and showed her where the architecture students work. I also showed her what typical student life is about. I really hope I can help her with her decision and answer her most important questions about the course of studies.”
Applications until October 1, 2017
Applications for the next mentoring phase of Step Inside have to be submitted until October 1, 2017. The actual program starts is November. There will be two workshops to prepare the future mentors for their tasks.
Step inside mentoring