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.
Develop mentoring relationships with faculty, staff, community members, alumni, and peers.
As a mentor’s 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
- 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
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