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Offline Eternal Zan

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DragonCon Mentor seeks DC first-timers/newbies
« on: May 27, 2014, 10:49:12 PM »
Obi-Wan searching for Padawan learners.

Want an experienced person to guide you? There are many fantastic online resources, like this group, for helping you prepare ahead of time. But what about when you get there and are all aloooooone?

I can help. Every year I take a couple of newbies under my wing because my first year I was all alone and had no one to show me around. I'm from a family of Muggles and I really wish that I'd had someone to help me.

If you are interested, send me an email with a good subject line at skzb@hotmail.com. I'll fish you out of my spam folder and reply with a detailed email.

You don't have to be a first timer to DC or cons in general, anyone looking for a guide is welcome.

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Re: DragonCon Mentor seeks DC first-timers/newbies
« Reply #1 on: May 30, 2014, 02:28:05 PM »
+1 for this
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Re: DragonCon Mentor seeks DC first-timers/newbies
« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2014, 06:08:55 PM »
Trathor, thanks for the karma. I have a lot of fun with this every year.

Also, I have gotten a few questions about what "mentoring" means. First off, this terminology is something I made up. There is no official mentoring program at DC. I met a first-timer at a party on the first night of DC a few years ago. He was all alone and overwhelmed and I volunteered to help him out. I gave him my cell number and acted as his text-a-friend throughout the weekend. He told me what he was interested in, and I gave him suggestions.

When he had a question, he contacted me. We didn't see each other much during the con. If we happened to be going to the same event, we sat next to each other, but mostly we followed our own different interests. I enjoyed sharing my love of the con so much that ever since then, I've actively searched for people who want a mentor.

Like a University, DragonCon is so big that no one person can have all the answers, but I'm happy to help point a newbie in the right direction when I don't know something. If you are interested, the first step is for you to email me at skzb@hotmail.com and let me know what kind of experience you are looking for. Then we take it from there.
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Re: DragonCon Mentor seeks DC first-timers/newbies
« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2014, 11:15:01 PM »
Yeah, in my own way, that is one of the reasons I made this site. Rock on!
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Re: DragonCon Mentor seeks DC first-timers/newbies
« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2014, 11:12:05 AM »
This is a great idea for a newbie like me and my group, were feeling a bit overwellmed by everything.
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Re: DragonCon Mentor seeks DC first-timers/newbies
« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2014, 12:37:25 PM »
Along with Zan's wonderful one on one assistance there's also lots of other resources available for newbies...

http://www.dragonconnewbies.org


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Re: DragonCon Mentor seeks DC first-timers/newbies
« Reply #6 on: September 10, 2014, 04:14:27 AM »
What a great service. I've often thought DCon should provide a button in their app that requests a friend or group to safely pair up with during the con. It could also assign you to a team/ house name like in Harry Potter-