Why participate in mentoring? Student Reflections
"They are someone who is there because they care and they want to be, and what could be more important than that?" Ben Steinberg
"Mentoring has been a great opportunity for me to expand my world view, both professionally and personally." Katie Yelland
Do you want to learn from someone who has an
area of expertise that you are passionate about?
Do you want to develop a relationship with someone
who wants to help you grow personally or professionally?
Do you want to connect with a professional outside of your major
to build your network or develop interpersonal skills?
View bios of Called to Lead mentors here.
If you said yes to any of the above statements, then you should consider Called to Lead’s mentoring program.
Called to Lead’s mentoring program is a collaborative partnership where both you and your mentor will learn from each other. You will meet during the course of the semester and work together to accomplish your learning objectives.
Why would I want to participate; I already have a very full schedule?
We do not want this to be a burden or “one more thing” that you have to fit into your schedule. The only assignment that you have to complete is the initial (one-page) agreement that you and your mentor will work together on to state your learning objectives. Some mentors and mentees mutually agree to work on assignments between meetings that relate to their learning objectives.
You and your mentor will determine when it works best to meet throughout the semester. We ask that you meet 6-8 times during the semester to accomplish your learning objectives and develop a relationship with your mentor.
What if I have no idea of who I’d like my mentor to be?
That’s okay! We’ll meet with you to discuss some of your interests and then make a recommendation of individuals who would be a good mentor for you. Being paired with someone that you don’t know helps you to develop professional networking skills and broadens your connections on campus. If you do have an idea of who you’d like to mentor with, then we can start there.
Some (but not all) of our mentors are featured here.
What if I have no idea of the topic I want to focus on with a mentor?
That’s okay, too! We will help you define a focus area as well as a mentor. We’re just glad that you are interested in finding a mentor. We will help you with the details. It’s also fine if you know exactly what you want to focus on.
You will not regret taking the next step toward a mentoring partnership.
Many graduates who reflect on their experience in Called to Lead mention their mentor as one of the most meaningful aspects of the program.
You’ll earn 70 points for each mentoring partnership you participate in.
You can receive points for up to 3 mentoring partnerships; you can participate in more than 3, but will not earn points.
So, what are you waiting for?
Begin the discussion about mentoring today by contacting Stacey Zimmerman,
Assistant Director of Called to Lead (firstname.lastname@example.org / BSC 256)
Previous focus topics include:
Business side of healthcare
Developing confidence & self-esteem
Diversity issues in leadership
Faith in the workplace
LBGTQ issues and leadership
Grant writing; starting a non-profit
Leadership in community schools
OT: Community settings
Optimizing effort for maximum academic success
Pre-med career success
Purposeful life work
Real-life implementation of OT
Spirituality and leadership
Women in leadership