The StudyTrust student support programme rests on the three pillars
· Giving individual attention
· Creating communities of belonging
· Imparting skills aimed at developing the 4 Cs of 21st-century learning:
o critical thinking
The Hero’s Journey
StudyTrust uses the archetypical Hero’s Journey as a metaphor to structure our support programme. A talented young person is called to be extra-ordinary and embark on a journey. There is the crucial role of the mentor, but this journey is simultaneously an individuation, and must be travelled independently. Monsters and dragons are to be slayed and in the process the death of the old identity is not excluded, painful as it is, before a new normality is attained – for the process starts all over again with the next transition.
The StudyTrust Summer and Winter Seminars have become popular events in the student calendar. Various programmes address the capabilities needed for success at higher education and in the workplace.
The StudyTrust Summer Seminar for first year students is offered every year in January, before the universities start. Aspirant students arrive at the Summer Seminar with excitement and anxiety as they prepare for a new stage in their growth. Several students begin this stage with uncertainty as they lack secure accommodation, have limited funds, arrive in an unfamiliar and intimidating metropolis with few if any friendly faces and have left all that is familiar behind.