Aliza’s story

Aliza’s story

Mentoring was so important for me, especially during a lockdown where you only see the people you already know. You get to connect with someone you’d never speak to outside of school and that’s really important because it forces you out of your comfort zone.

I found it embarrassing to ask to talk to a teacher all the time but it was so easy to talk to my mentor. She could use her experience and her hindsight to help me with my decision making. Mentoring is a once in a lifetime opportunity so I wanted to be as honest as I could. I got some really good advice from it.
My mentor really got me thinking critically. I found it really hard to answer an interview question about my weaknesses and my mentor helped me to identify that I wasn’t great at asking for help. I think I can do everything for myself and a big part of my personality is being independent, but she taught me it’s ok to ask for help and I think that’s really changed me.

I told my mentor everything I possibly wanted to do in my entire life! She did a lot of research for me, demystified NHS bands for me and told me about her personal experience as a neuroscience professor. She also told me uni isn’t the only option, which helped me a lot.

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Mentee stories

Rano’s story

I knew I wanted to be a lawyer but I was concerned about the workload. My mentor was a working lawyer, so not only gave me advice about my UCAS application and interview questions, but also reassured me that you don’t need to overwork yourself to be successful. He told me about his personal experience of finding balance and saying no, and reminded me how important enjoying your free time is.

Aliza’s story

Mentoring was so important for me, especially during a lockdown where you only see the people you already know. You get to connect with someone you’d never speak to outside of school and that’s really important because it forces you out of your comfort zone.

Daniel’s story

I only had a vague idea of what I wanted to do after GCSE and I had no idea where to start. I was interested in aviation, zoology and conservation but after that I was lost. I didn’t know if you needed a degree or an apprenticeship and I wasn’t sure which path to choose. Mentoring was a very useful tool to help with this; it gave me a push to start looking at new things.

Tahmina’s story

If I had to describe my mentor in one word, I’d say amazing. She did the same A Levels as me so she also sent me her notes from Chemistry which were amazing; I’m still using them.

Simran’s story

I always wonder whether I’d be thinking or feeling the same about university if there wasn’t a pandemic. I completely lost that in-person interaction and was struggling with the UCAS application because of it. But then, if there hadn’t been the pandemic, I wouldn’t have been able to do the virtual work experience and use the Brightside platform.

Caitlin’s story

My mentor was lovely; we bonded over our pets and that made me feel more connected to her. She made me feel calmer about applying via UCAS and the interviews process. It was so easy to talk to her because she’s not much older than me.