Olivia Hayward is a returning US in Schools Mentor, mentoring in 2015/16 and returning this year after her year abroad. She is March’s Mentor of the Month for her sheer enthusiasm for the programme, making sure an additional mentoring session could take place in her University Easter Vacation period. After creating an engaging group debate for her own and her team’s mentees she called upon fellow mentors still in Sheffield to run the session with her whilst her own mentor team were unavailable, going above and beyond the call of mentoring! Here’s how she answered her 5 Minutes. 5 Questions:
Where are you from:
I’m from Basingstoke, a tiny town about an hour out of London which means its far easier to just say I’m from the outskirts of the City!
What are you studying:
I’m in my final year of studying French & Spanish
Where are you mentoring:
Forge Valley School
What made you want to become a mentor:
I initially became a mentor two years ago because I didn’t have anything like this at my school and I didn’t have a particularly motivating time there, so I jumped at the chance of being able to change this for current Secondary pupils. Not getting Oxbridge encouragement for being at the top of my class, and not misbehaving to the point where I got extra attention in that sense, there wasn’t really anything for me so I see mentoring as the perfect filler for those middle-ground kids. Not that my mentees aren’t capable of more than me!
What is the best thing about mentoring so far and what are you most looking forward to:
So far I’ve really enjoyed seeing my mentees coming out of their shells. I ended up with a group who were all so down and out about their personal and academic abilities that it’s been amazing seeing them realise how much they’re all capable of. Also, mentoring wouldn’t have been anywhere near as positive an experience without Molly, Rachael and Jamie!