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Attention incoming students

If you want to sign-up for a Mentor, please visit the Mentor Sign-up page.


You will be the first contact a student has on campus other than admissions people. You have a great chance to make a positive impression and influence their image about Jacobs and our graduate community. It's best if you are available on-campus during all of O-Week August 24-29, 2009. Besides the training session, GSA also will be sponsoring a event for all advisees right before O-Week. If you live on-campus, you will be allowed to move in early.

Final O-Week Schedule for Mentors (updated Aug. 24)

A typical Mentor experience may unfold like this...

  • Once you have signed up we will be contacting you regarding the first info session in the Spring and later with the name of your mentees.
  • Your first move can be contacting them during the summer by email and inviting them to attend O-Week events.
  • Familiarize yourself with the O-Week schedule and plan what events you can attend with them and encourage them to attend anything that may be interesting.
  • If they need it and you are willing, you can pick them up at the airport or train station and take them to their new living quarters. Or you can meet them downtown and escort them to campus.
  • Once you get all of your mentees together, you can give them a campus tour or even a Bremen City tour.
  • You could definitely at least meet them all for a GSA sponsored lunch in the severies or the Friseur.
  • Throughout, please remember to remain friendly and helpful. If you encounter a problem with your mentee or are overwhelmed with their questions, don't hesitate to contact us!

Mentor tasks


  • Contacting students by email during the summer
  • Answering questions and offering help
  • Meeting with mentees on arrival


  • Attending an information session in the Spring
  • Attending a training session on August 24 (16:00-19:00 in CC Conference Hall)
  • Being on-campus all during O-Week
  • Picking up students from airport/train station
  • Encouraging students to attend O-Week events
  • Meeting for lunch with students during O-Week (scheduled for Aug. 25 or Aug. 26) (red star)
  • Going along with students to O-Week events
  • Organizing a trip into Bremen City
  • Follow-up contact after O-Week
  • New opportunity: get a tour of Bremen from volunteers host families! This is just for mentors so you can give the tour later to your mentees. August 28, 14:00-18:00, meet at the HBF.

What to talk about

  • Tell them about university services (locker rentals in the IRC, Career Services Center events, etc.)
  • Give them insight about who to go to in the Admin if you really need something done and who to avoid
  • Tell them about the inner workings of your program
  • Let them know about your typical day as a grad
  • Give them advise about pubs and parties
  • Discuss the Friseur/Servery advantages
  • Let them know that GSA sponsors funding for clubs and parties

(red star) Click here to register to be a Graduate Mentor (red star)

Need Volunteers For (as of Aug. 19th):

Aug. 20: GSA Lounge Clean-up
  • 18:00-20:00
Aug. 24: Flyer posting
  • 12:00, contact Magda
Aug. 25: Welcome Desk
  • 9:00-11:00
  • 11:00-13:00
  • sign-up here: Doodle
Aug 25: Coffee Break
  • help run break, answer student questions
  • 14:00-16:00
  • 16:00-18:00, sign-up at Doodle
Aug 26: Coffee Break
  • help run break, answer student questions
  • 14:0-18:00
  • 16:00-18:00, sign-up at Doodle
Aug 27: Coffee Break
  • help run break, answer student questions
  • 13:0-16:00, sign-up at Doodle
Aug 27: 5th Annual GSA Reception,
  • help run, bartend, set-up, clean-up, shopping
  • 19:00-23:00

If you know what you want to do just email Magda!

We will be asking for volunteers for these events on the Mentor mailing list. Please express your interest at that time.

Thank you for your participation!

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