MENTORS: 5 Key Mentors on Campus
Whether you are trying to choose a major, selecting classes, needing academic support or a listening ear or just want to have an in depth discussion to find out MORE, talking to the mentors available on campus can be both helpful and enlightening!
- They’re typically approachable and receptive to students who are proactive about questions, clarifications, etc.
- They’re the source of your future letters of recommendation for grad school or jobs
- Go to their office hours– it shows you are dedicated and interested and can help your grade!
- They’re usually fun to talk to
2. Fellow Undergrads
- Seek out advice from upperclassmen when selecting classes (ask about professors too!)
- Other freshmen are going through a similar experience as you– talk about it!
- Make friends with someone who has a car
3. Resource Centers
- Not just for graduating seniors
- Part-time jobs and internship placement during school (& summers)
- Often have possibilities all around the country (and world)!
- Resume & cover letter assistance
- Career inventory help
Counseling & Health Centers
- Don’t be embarrassed to use these—they are there for YOU!
- Take care of your health—this is up to you now!
- These are here to help take care of things that may interfere with your academic success
- Stress and homesickness are normal, especially during midterms and finals.
- Go talk to someone who is trained to help with these exact college student issues!
- Some campuses have specific resources or centers for freshmen
Math & Writing Centers
- Use these! Your grades will improve!
4. Resident Assistants (RA)
- They are there to help
- Ask them where your classes are (and how long it would take to get there)
- Great mentors for all different issues you may face while in college
- Use RA’s to mediate any roommate problems you can’t seem to resolve on your own
5. Academic Advisors
- Your advisor can either be a wealth of information or no help at all. Know that you can switch advisors to find one that suits you best– it’s well worth it!
- Get to know your advisor early and keep in touch– registering for classes will become less of a hassle!