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Tips for a Successful Mentorship:

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.

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.
We all come from diverse backgrounds and have varying experiences. We recommend getting to know your mentor - you may share commonalities that you could not have predicted. You will also have the opportunity to get to know other mentors throughout events.

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.