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Expectations of Mentees:
  • Be engaged. Initiate communication, conversations, and meetings with your mentor.
  • Sophomore mentees will attend in-person events.
  • Junior mentees will schedule at minimum two meetings per semester.
  • Ask questions and seke advice from mentors regarding topics that both interest you and will be helpful in your personal and professional development.
  • Respond promptly to mentor phone calls, email, suggestions, and requests.
  • Be open to mentor feedback and suggestions.
  • Provide program feedback, as well as any questions, comments, or concerns to the Coordinator.
Tips for a Successful Mentorship:
Review the links below each tip for additional insight.

Be engaged and maintain that engagement.
Mentorship is a two-way street. Both you and your mentor will find value from the relationship. When each of you are open to learning from each other, it creates a more effective mentorship. Plus, being engaged increases your experience as a mentee.

Communicate openly.
Inform your mentor of any goals you may have for the program and in life. This helps to set an expectation, but also for your mentor to learn more about you. 
Even if you cannot make contact with your mentor very often, try to keep it consistent (i.e. email her every couple of weeks).

Understand that your mentor is a guide.
Your mentor is there for you as a guide, not a decision-maker. Mentors will not tell you exactly what to do, but they may guide you throughout a situation and share their experiences.

Get to know your mentor.
Be sure to get to know your mentor on a personal level. While mentors are excellent career resources, you can learn a lot from their personal stories as well. We all come from diverse backgrounds and have varying experiences - you may share commonalities that you could not have predicted. You will also have the opportunity to get to know other mentors throughout events.
40 Questions to Ask A Mentor

Appreciate your mentor.
Time is the most valuable gift you can give another individual. Your mentor is taking the time to work with you throughout the year. We recommend utilizing this time wisely: identifying potential goals, getting to know your mentor, attending and being prepared for events, and being fully present.

Have fun!
These programs are meant to assist in your growth both personally and professionally. Enjoy your time with your mentor. Stay positive and remember that your mentor has dedicated their time to work with you in this mentorship.

If you have any questions throughout the year, please contact Alana Greene.