Where do I buy new textbooks?
What clubs should I join?
Will EG ever be easy?
Is that Thai place near End Point any good?
Answers to these important questions are often difficult to find for a freshman in Manipal. It is understandable that there’s no time for extensive research when one spends most of their time navigating through campus and ensuring that umbrellas don’t get blown away.
The nervousness and unfamiliarity that accompanies the first year of college in this small, bustling town is nothing out of the ordinary. Freshers often find themselves overwhelmed by the sheer number of things on their checklist. Having a readily available source of information is incredibly helpful. Thus, to make the winding hallways of the academic blocks feel more like home, enter MIT’s Buddy Program.
What is the Buddy Program?
This program helps a fresher adjust to the ways of life of in Manipal as quickly as possible. The freshman finds their buddy in a senior student and can take their help whenever required. The buddy‘s job is to provide guidance and support, whether it be soothing anxiety about academics in MIT or giving fast-food recommendations.
The fresher will be matched to their buddy based on shared interests and branch, the details of which will be taken beforehand. This way, the buddy and the freshman can connect at a more personal level. Freshmen can seek their buddy’s help regarding queries related to academics, extracurriculars, and anything else they feel unsure of. The program will last for one semester and the pair cannot withdraw from the project before the termination of this duration. If interested, they can re-register for the program the next semester.
How will the Buddy Program be implemented?
The Buddy Program will be a completely voluntary program. Students from the second and third years can apply for this program. They will be required to fill out a registration form which will record their branch and areas of interest. The prospective applicants are required to take note of the fact that they must not have backlogs in any subject.
The senior applicants will be sorted according to their different preferences and areas of interest. The first years will soon be given a link to register for the program and they, too, will be sorted according to their branches and areas of interest. The buddy and the mentor will be matched according to the details entered. This project will be complementary to the Teacher-Guardian program. This implies that every fresher will compulsorily have a Teacher-Guardian and a buddy (if he or she chooses to opt for it). If the fresher has a buddy, the Teacher-Guardian will be made aware of the buddy and once allotments have been confirmed, an informal meeting will be held among the three of them. While the buddy and the fresher can interact individually, it would be the onus of the senior to make sure that the Teacher-Guardian is aware of any problems the buddy might face. Another reason why this program is interconnected with the Teacher-Guardian program is to ensure that the No-Ragging policy is upheld. This program will be made compulsory for NRI freshers.
Spearheaded by members of the Student Council of MIT, the Buddy Program is projected to include at least 500 first years. The project is also a certified one and every senior will receive a certificate at the end of their tenure as a buddy.
First years can enroll themselves for the Buddy Program by clicking here*.
*Please note that the link above will be active only for the next two days.