Campus Collective - Mentees
Connect with a trained mentor from your school by letting us know what’s most important to you in a match:
- Career interests
- Life experiences
Communicate with your mentor in ways that work for both of you, whether it’s video chatting, texting, meeting for coffee, or a combination. Common discussion topics include:
- Work-school-life balance
- Academic success
- Personal growth
- Incoming freshman
Benefits of being a mentee:
- Gain practical advice, encouragement, and support
- Learn from the experiences of others
- Increase your social and academic confidence
- Become more empowered to make decisions
- Develop your communication, study and personal skills
- Develop strategies for dealing with both personal and academic issues
- Identify goals and establish a sense of direction
- Gain valuable insight into the next stage of your university career
- Make new friends
How can I get the most out of my mentorship experience?
- Think carefully about the areas you most want to improve and communicate those clearly to your mentor.
- Learn about your mentor’s background and ask about the connections and experiences that are most interesting to you.
- Give your mentor constructive feedback and be prepared to receive honest feedback from your mentor.
I was invited to join MC, but I don’t think I need a mentor. What should I do?
Mentors can help you delve deeper into an academic interest, career field, or activity that you already excel at, whether it’s finding an internship, getting a promotion, succeeding in an advanced class, or being elected to a leadership role. Having a mentor also increases your networking and opens you up to a new group of people you might not have met on your own.
What kind of preparation do mentors get?
- Videochat training with a specialized MC trainer
- Information on key resources at your school
- Ongoing support from the Mentor Collective team as well as coordinators on campus
What if I don’t like my mentor?
We encourage you to try a few conversations with your mentor to get a sense of the areas they can be helpful with, but if you aren’t comfortable in your mentorship for any reason, email email@example.com right away and we will connect you with a new mentor.
What qualities will my mentor and I have in common?
- As part of the sign-up process, you’ll take a matching survey indicating what common traits are most important to you
- Many students prioritize common academic interests, career experiences, life challenges, or personal background and you choose which is the most important value to you in matching with a mentor.
Can I become a mentor myself?
Yes. Many of the best MC mentors are former mentees. For the 21-22 year, we are not inviting sophomores to be mentors, as we would like them to have had a full year of being physically on campus. However, we will welcome back the 20-21 group of mentees to be mentors for the 22-23 year!
- When will I be matched?
What counts as a "conversation"?
Throughout your mentorship, we ask you and your mentee(s) to log your conversations on our website or through our automated texts. But what counts as a conversation? It can be:
- 1 phone call
- 1 video chat session
- 1 email exchange 1 in-person “interaction” (grabbing coffee, spending 10 minutes talking before class, etc.)
- 2+ text messages exchanged within 1 day
If in doubt, please don’t hesitate to ask us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Logging conversations helps your school gauge whether the program is helping students, and how to help them better!