What is Mentorship?

Mentorship is a relationship in which a more experienced or more knowledgeable person helps to guide a less experienced or less knowledgeable person.

What does a mentor do for you?

  • Takes a long-range view on your growth and development
  • Helps you see the destination but does not give you the detailed map to get there
  • Offers encouragement and cheerleading, but not “how to” advice

Why should I have a mentor?

  • Gallup-Purdue index suggest that life in college matters for life AFTER college
  • More engaged and involved at during college and after
  • Increases the likelihood of graduating with a degree that suits you
  • Helps with your academic performance
  • Assists in professional skill development
  • Offers networking possibilities
  • Reduced stress and role conflict in college and after

Advising vs. Mentoring: What’s the difference?

Role of Academic Advisors:

  • Aid students in developmental transitions (i.e., high school to college)
  • Assist students in crating their curriculum plans, including review of academic performance
  • Clarify the program/curriculum requirements
  • Assist students with understanding academic policies and procedures
  • Introduce students to resources for academic and career success
  • Inform students about opportunities for internships, practicums, experitnal learning, study abroad, undergraduate research
  • Clarify the purpose and roles within the Advising and Mentoring Model
  • Maintain notes on each advising appointment in SCC
  • Participate in ongoing training and development
  • Role of Faculty Mentors
  • Establish a Mentor-Student Relationship
  • Discuss students’ personal educational and career goals and opportunities
  • Guide students in selecting internships, practicums, experiential learning, undergraduate research, and study abroad as appropriate.
  • Help students foster relationships with faculty and staff in their college/school communities
  • Discuss academic performance as it relates to post baccalaureate pursuits (opportunites for career, professional school, graduate school)

Role of Students with Advisor (Expectations of Students)

  • Communicate with both their Professional Advisor and their Faculty Mentor to make informed academic decisions
  • Be active participants in setting and reaching their academic goals
  • Create a curriculum plan which accommodates individual values, personality, abilities and interests.
  • Create a curriculum plan which takes into account current academic progress (GPA, class standing, etc)
  • Create a curriculum plan which leads to completion of degree requirements
  • Explore and engage in the unique opportunities available at UWG, including extra-curricular activities.

Role of Students with Mentor

  • Keep your commitments
  • Be open-minded and ready to learn
  • Be honest and real
  • Be proactive and take initiative
  • Be prepared for your meetings
  • Be a good listener
  • Be forward thinking