Masters in the Making
At the Hidden Opal, and all other Crystal Colleges, all mages have more experienced mages to look up to. These advisors are usually picked by the Archmage based on what they believe to be the trainees talents. Since most mages manifest more unique powers, it's rare for the advisor to possess identical talents or sometimes even be in the same school. But the principles often translate well.
The relationship is symbiotic though. For an advisor learns a lot about how magic works by having to teach someone else.
Once a mage reaches Disciple level, they're in charge of their own education. Though they often still converse with their advisors, it's no longer a formal thing required by the college.
The Novices and Apprentices at The Hidden Opal have the following advisors: