According to the Oxford Dictionaries a ‘mentor’ is An experienced person in a company, college, or school who trains and counsels new employees or students. But as I’ve been mentor, I can say now that a mentor is way more than that.
Being a mentor has given me the opportunity, not only to help, as much as I’ve been able to, a group of American students on their sojourn in Spain (probably, for many of them, the best four months of their lives), but also to become their friend and live their experience as if it would have been mine.
However me and the other mentors, María and Amalia, were not only transmitting our own culture, but also these 14 UNE students taught us about their culture, and about life. That’s why I feel so lucky and I have nothing but grateful words to ESA and everybody that has taken part of it.
It’s true that this semester has gotten to its end and that these 14 students that once arrived to Seville at the beginning of the year are already gone. We’re already missing them, and we have the hope that there’ll be a point in our lives when destiny will make us meet again.
Now it’s time to wait with excitement for what the future will hold for us and the new students, who will arrive the upcoming fall semester.