Campus Collective - Mentees

 

 

 

 

 

Mentees

Connect with a trained mentor from your school by letting us know what’s most important to you in a match:

  • Career interests
  • Major
  • 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:

  • Career
  • Work-school-life balance
  • Academic success
  • Personal growth

Eligibility:

  • 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 

FAQs:

  • 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 help@mentorcollective.org 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?

    Matching occurs on a rolling basis. We try our best to match you as soon as possible, but sometimes we decide to wait until a great fit becomes available. For further details, get assistance from help@mentorcollective.org or the campus representative, Lisa Des Jardins, lisa.desjardins@ucr.edu.

  • 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 help@mentorcollective.org. Logging conversations helps your school gauge whether the program is helping students, and how to help them better!

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