"Guardian! I'm so glad you showed up! I've got a bit of an issue here. It's my job to pick all the apples around the college, but I'm getting stung constantly by all these damn Bees! You look like you've got some combat skills. See if you can thin out these bees a bit, and *kill at least 20."
This is a repeatable side-quest that can be completed every day. It is not required for the Mage quest line. In the surrounding area, kill 20 of the bees floating around the trees.