DEVELOP mentoring relationships with faculty, staff, community members, alumni and peers.
Mentoring is a one-to-one relationship in which an individual gives you time, support, and encouragement to move confidently through a range of experiences.
A mentor is someone who has your best interests at heart and who is available to you as a sounding board for questions and decisions about academics, careers, life choices and anything you might need to talk about.
As a mentors protégé you are someone who is willing to be engaged in a mentoring relationship and interested in learning all that the mentor has to offer. Mentoring functions include building a relationship, providing information, being facilitative, being challenging, serving as a role model and providing a vision.
Being involved in a mentoring relationship as a protégé will help you:
- Establish a meaningful connection
- Select your major, a career and/or graduate school
- Discover university resources and services that will help you succeed
- Become involved in campus and community activities
- Understand university rules and policies
Being involved in a mentoring relationship as a peer mentor will help you:
- Facilitate the success of another by sharing your knowledge and time
- Enhance your communication, leadership and peer counseling skills
- Learn academic success strategies and increase your familiarity with university resources
- Gain valuable experience as a student leader in preparation for graduate school or a career