The mentors are what makes ThinkUp so special and unique.
Mentors are High School or University Students who will offer you full support throughout your experience at ThinkUp Academy. They receive training from our field experts, and are highly motivated to help you achieve your goals. We chose our team from the very best, as all of our mentors are involved in diverse prestigious projects around the world. At the beginning of your ThinkUp Journey you will be assigned one or more mentors who will guide you. You have the chance to read more about each of them below.
I have participated in organising and carrying out countless projects from clubs to group activities. One of them, and I believe the most relevant in this case is the fact that I was an IYST Coordinator. This took a lot of dedication and hard work, as it was for such a large number of people. I have learned a lot of necessary skills are relevant in mentoring students, especially those with interests in creating projects similar to this one. Other roles that I have had in the past include being a Service Prefect, so I think that I could offer insights for those who want to organise volunteering activities or organisations. I have worked with children in the past and gone to poor areas to deliver food and necessities. I am also planning on volunteering at a centre for autism which offers animal therapy to children, as soon as it will be possible. Other relevant experience includes my membership in the school mindfulness group and media team, where I also learned different perspectives of what teamwork and organisation means in different situations.
In terms of awards and honours I was an Ambassador, Prefect, Coordinator, Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award receiver and was on the middle school Honour Roll.
My passions include psychology, editing, creating, writing and horse-back riding, so if any ideas have to do with any of these aspects I think I could offer a wonderful insight.
The best way to mentor someone is through critical thinking.
I can analyse their objectives and give my advice on the steps that need to be taken, with the help of the information I gained from being a student council member, as well as IYST. Both these opportunities taught me how to be more professional, adapt to the situations at hand, and approach certain difficulties or miscommunications. I also coordinated the media team in our school and experienced how groups need to be led in order to reach your objectives.
Branding and design I think would be my area of expertise and where I can give the most ideas, input and advice however I am able adapt to situations easily and can learn and research any topic if needed.
I am 19 years old and concluding my final year of high school at Transylvania College. Over the course of these 4 years, I have acquired a keen interest in the world of Business & Economics, a reason for which I hope to continue my studies in Cluj-Napoca, at the Faculty of Business, Babes-Bolyai.
I would like to preface by mentioning the fact that my high school years have been indispensable in regards to my self-development. I purposely subjected myself to many situations I was foreign to, whether it be joining an association such as YouthHive and Interact, or attending a cultural exchange half-way across the globe, which I will touch on later. This was essential in my journey of self-discovery, and without it, I would not be where I am today. A direct result of these experiences is the skills I have managed to accumulate, which I plan on sharing onwards to students raring to set up their projects.
My most optimistic personal venture has been, and continues to be the Money-FEST Committee that I founded 2 years ago alongside a fellow mentor of ThinkUp Academy, Georgiana Mois. We are a student-led organisation that has the goal of empowering communities through financial education. Through this, I truly understood the notion of leadership as being my ability to empower others in their endeavours, and to create a shared vision. I have learned that it is equally important to create a friendly work environment, where everyone’s thoughts and opinions are valued, since you cannot accomplish everything on your own. After all, 2 heads are better than one.
In my opinion, in the 21st century, communication is one of the greatest skills you can master. It is what enables us to pass on information to other people, and to understand what is said to us. Personally, I developed this skill through the debate competitions I took part in, as well as through managing the TC Debate Club which I founded alongside 2 colleagues, a role I held for 2 years. During a debate, one must communicate in a clear and well-structured manner, in order to be declared the winner. This calls upon the debater to have great public speaking and communication skills. The results my team obtained, namely 3 consecutive years of being awarded the 3rd place, I believe, have proved the fact that I manifest said skills.
In addition, each year, I would attend a different International Youth Summit, as I would have the opportunity to engage in cultural exchanges, and make friends that have radically different lives to mine. I attended one in Zhengzhou, China, one in Le Havre, France and one in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, where I was in fact a moderator for the debate sessions. I believe they have broadened my horizons, and have aided me to gain alternative perspectives, a skill especially important considering the fact that many of the Academy’s applicants will be foreign students.
I am 18 years old, and I am a senior at Transylvania College.
In my freshman year, I became a member of my school’s Model United Nations team, which enabled me to develop a complex perspective of contemporary global issues and utilise it to drive forward agreements beneficial to both sides objectively. I attended five conferences in Greece, Romania, the UK, and Hungary. I researched and debated prominent topics such as poverty, cross-cutting social problems, and conflicts akin to the Israeli-Palestinian one. This experience enhanced valuable communication and problem-solving skills that I later applied to diverse service projects.
Later on, I joined two NGOs, YouthHive and Interact Cluj-Napoca, where I raised funds for local charitable causes through public events and helped run diverse errands related to logistics. These offered me the chance to develop in-depth communication skills, as they are needed in order to coordinate large initiatives properly.
I also had the opportunity to contribute to the IYST by becoming a moderator. This particular activity was an essential part of my overall development as it required me (and all of the other moderators) to develop and deal with never before seen formats and circumstances. Running and polishing something brand new was an eye-opener and helped enhance my creativity and ability to work under pressure in public.
Most importantly, I joined the Child Youth Finance International committee, which, alongside my colleagues, I rebranded into the Money-FEST Committee. I began as a member in my freshman year, a deputy coordinator the following one, and a coordinator ever since. Our current purpose is to teach financial independence to underprivileged communities, a cause that matches my core ambitions closely.
Lastly, another achievement would be being part of the Lighthouse team, a pursuit that encouraged leadership, communication, team working, and delegating.
As far as my role as a mentor goes, I believe my strongest attributes are communication, a balance between teamwork and self-reliance, flexibility, and working under pressure. My preferred area of expertise would be anything finance-related, and later on, possibly public policy related as I plan to pursue Economics and Political Science in the future.
I am 18 and a proud junior student at Transylvania College in Cluj-Napoca. Since the beginning of my academic life in High school, I’ve been involved in almost every extracurricular our school has to offer, from the MoneyFEST committee in Year 10 to being a coordinator for the International Youth summit of Transylvania, both 2019 and 2020. My participation in the Duke of Edinburgh International Award program has been acclaimed internationally by conferring the awards for the 3 levels of excellence, Bronze, Silver and Gold.
My most notable school achievement would be my mandate as Head boy (President of the Student Council) of Transylvania college for the year 2020-2021.
My skills as a leader have been greatly enhanced by such experiences, that go together with teamwork and communication. In my plight to help students and teens around the city and country with projects, I think my skills would be put to best use in the entrepreneurial sector of the academy. I believe that it’s a sector which I can learn from and share my unique set of particular skills.
I am a student in Year 12. I would like to pursue a career in Medicine, but I am also very interested in English Literature. Some objects that represent who I am are dance shoes, running gear, books and a stethoscope.
When I think about my accomplishments, I like to separate them in 3: the ones dating since I was in state school, the ones I obtained at Transylvania College and the ones not related to school.
In middle school, I had a 10.0 average grade and participated in numerous Maths, Biology and English contests. In fifth, seventh and eighth Grade I was the president of my class. I passed my 8th Grade final exams with an average of 9.92. I received a scholarship to pursue my studies at Transylvania College at the end of the year.
Since High School started, I have been very enthusiastic in getting involved in as many and diverse clubs, committees and collectives as I could, to find where I belong. In the Money-Fest Committee, I learned a lot about Economy, logistics, communication and public relations. As a coordinator for IYST, I learned how to plan an event, how to organise my time and delegate tasks, all of which will allow me to teach students how to efficiently plan events, without much trouble. As an ambassador, I learned how to communicate better and be more comfortable around a variety of people. My Duke of Edinburgh experience has made me more active, allowed me to be more appreciative of my life and realise that I must constantly do something to help my community.
Outside of school, I used to be a dancer. I danced for 8 years of my life (I am seventeen- almost 18), and dancing has taught me discipline, how to stay motivated, how to stay positive in stressful circumstances during competitions. These skills, paired with the deep empathy I developed through my volunteer work in High School, will help me guide, motivate and support the group of young students I will have the pleasure of mentoring.
Apart from these, I am an open-minded, creative, quite organised person, and I pay very much attention to details. I am a good listener, I love understanding new perspectives.
What I wish is to create a partnership, and ensure a warm and open environment where people can share ideas freely. I want our team to work as efficiently as possible, while also having fun.
Risk-taker. That’s how I would describe myself briefly. Whether I’m in an expedition, high up in the mountains, or in school, close to the centre of the city, I always choose to take risks, even if the outcome is not clear.
The truth is, I wasn’t always like this. I started to develop this skill, along with many others, when I joined Transylvania College in my first year of high school. This happened by joining different activities or even some classes, in which I used to doubt my performance. All I can say now is that I’m grateful for those decisions, as they helped me get involved in The International Youth Summit of Transylvania (IYST), which thought me how an event of that size is organised and how a team is managed, this being done through constant guidance from the superiors.
The Duke of Edinburgh Award program has also had an impact on my life because it taught me how to be consistent in whatever I do, in order to successfully reach my goal. Now, I always choose to set goals, to keep myself focused and to have a clear understanding of what I’m working towards. Speaking of the adventurous part of the program, it helped me further understand how to work efficiently in a team, even when conflicts arise.
Whatever the risk, I always try to be as careful as possible.
In November, I have also decided to go to my first MUN conference, which scared me for a moment, but I’m glad I chose to do it, as I discovered another passion, which is debating. In the future, I hope I get to organise an event like that or maybe even chair one.
I am confident I will help every individual implement their dream project, even if people might say it’s too crazy or too risky. I am a hard-working person, who knows how to work in a team. I also have a variation of leadership skills that will come in handy while working on a project. More than this, I am consistent with all the work that I do, and I can work well under pressure, too. I believe that together we can achieve everything we set our mind to.
I am a student in Year 11.
One of my most developed skills is adaptability: I’ve had to move several times among the years, each time bringing me to a new environment I had to get comfortable with. Moving to another city by myself was a big change given that I had to learn how to live all alone. Considering my experience, I can quickly and easily adapt to new situations.
Teamwork is another one of my most refined skills because of how often I get to use it: from situations as simple as day to day school activities where I have to complete tasks with my classmates; to more complex situations where I have to put together events in cooperation with some of my colleagues.
I am a critical thinker: questioning, identifying and analysing being things I do most, but the fact that I am an artist makes me take a creative approach as well.
I always like to be well informed from all kinds of different mediums so that I can carry out my tasks properly. I am not afraid to ask questions and put my misconception out there.
I can confidently say that I am very creative, a thing that helps me with all sorts of stuff and not just creating art. For example, I can come up with innovative solutions or ideas, therefore being able to tackle unexpected problems. A skill that often comes in handy.
I am a Year 13 student. I have a rich history of solving issues democratically, as shown by my participation in Model United Nations conferences, Debate Competitions and Public Speaking Panels. I had an opportunity to make speeches, see through arguments, make rebuttals, and argument plans, allowing me to develop oratorical skills and appreciation for the tactics of discussion. These elements also fused to a theatrical side, with my role in Drama and Public Speaking events in Transylvania College, such as Ted Talks about Hidden Leadership and Intercultural Relations. I also took part in both the Wellbeing team, planning out activities for helping student wellbeing increase, meaning I have a fondness for understanding the emotional situation any given person is in at any time and helping them solve it.
I am also currently the Democracy Pillar Coordinator in the Student Council, so I have experience in planning out events regarding democracy and leadership. I believe I could therefore help students with issues involving the planning out of the given activity.
Due to my future career aspirations of becoming a Psychiatrist, I believe I will be most of use in the Human Resources Department.
I am currently a high school student in Year 12 at Transylvania College.
From a young age I liked being in charge and making things happen, while working with my colleagues to achieve that finished material. I’ve done this since I can remember, but I felt pushed aside rather than encouraged, until I met the right people.
During my high school years I’ve gained a couple of accomplishments such as being the Eco Team prefect that involved coming up with a concept and coordinating a full campaign from scratch regarding recycling, for the entire school. Afterwords, in the second year of high school, I was elected to be part of the Student Council as the service school coordinator, and this year I had the opportunity to be part of the Money Fest Committee.
Besides coordinating and taking part in all these projects, I participated in the first edition of the International Youth Summit of Transylvania and it was by far the most rewarding experience of all. Being allocated the position of day coordinator, I got to be in charge of all the details regarding that specific day. At the time, no one knew exactly how to do things “correctly”. There were no guidelines for me to follow as a coordinator in order not to fail. It was challenging at first, until I got used to things, but by the time it was all over, I was missing the uncertainty. After all those months of hard work, I finally got to see the finished outcome. From the feedback of the guests, that day turned to be outstanding. When the day was over and all those months of working towards planning that event were long gone, I realised how much I enjoyed planning the event, including all the ups and downs.
From my very own experience of planning and putting in motion the process that led up to the event, I can say I have a very vast understanding of what goes into planning an event from the very beginning to the end. What I find even more useful as a mentor is the fact that I dealt with uncertainty at every stage and now as I’ve learned from my mistakes I can guide the students, in order to choose the best option for their project in order to minimise the chances of any miscalculations.
Overall, I am very determined to help others understand what I struggled to discover on my own and exited to see what project idea each student comes up with.