It feels surreal; walking on the cobbled streets of picturesque Cambridge, with stately old buildings whose history seem to whisper from the walls, it feels unbelievable how far I’ve come. Not just in distance, but the experiences so far.
Well I appear to have fallen in love with Mosaic after finishing the 1st week of the program at the University of Greenwich.
Do you know how hard it is to work when you can smell samosas, pakoras and see a great big chocolate cake just crying out your name??
I’m feeling rather sad and at a loose end! Mentoring provides you with a purpose, something different from your everyday routine and gives you an enormous boost of enthusiasm, self worth and happiness. The happiness comes from knowing that you are passing along helpful tips and advice, which will hopefully be of use to the mentees in the present and future.
Today was all about pathways for the girls, looking at what they’ve already done in their lives, and the skills and experiences they’ve had along the way. It was great to see the relationships that have built up in just a few short weeks between the mentors and mentees. We know each other’s names and are getting more familiar with the ‘personalities’ in the room, and there definitely are some: both amongst the girls and their mums which is great to see.
Gutted 🙁 I had to miss today’s session due to having a staff member off sick and as I run my own business, I had to be in to cover. I did feel really guilty for letting down the girls, mums and my colleagues as I could only let them know on the day. It’s hard not to feel bad when you are part of a team where it’s very much about people wanting to be there and give their best.
The penultimate mentoring session! Today would be sort of a test for the mentees (and mentors) to see whether they had developed and retained any of the skills we had hoped they would learn over the course of the 6 weeks!
Ooooh how exciting! Our first ‘proper and official’ session today where we had to be in ‘full’ mentor mode. Mrs Rana and Ms Gill from Arden School had been as efficient as ever and prepared the room, the refreshments and the resources for a great session. As mentors, we were all keen to get started and made sure we all sat on different tables so that we were shared out between the girls and mums.
Ok, I might sound a bit shallow, but everyone loves nice cakes don’t they? I knew the Mosaic mentoring training was gonna be good when I saw the very delicious looking selection of fancy cakes and biscuits… yumm yumm!