The transition to college can be a challenging and stressful time of life. If you find yourself struggling in college or in your career, a mentor may be the perfect prescription. A mentor can help guide you, answer questions, encourage you, teach you, and promote your confidence to help you accomplish your academic and/or career goals.
In most cases, a mentor will not come to you. You will need to seek out a mentor. Finding a mentor is not a complicated process! There are a number ways you can connect to a suitable mentor—a few to consider include:
· Do you have a neighbor or family friend with a job in your major/career field? Ask them if they would consider serving as your mentor.
· Consider visiting a volunteer organization, with a focus in your major and volunteer. Once you have established a connection at the organization, perhaps you will find an employee or even another volunteer that would be willing to serve as your mentor---just ask!
· If you have a professor, advisor or counselor, that you admire, ask if s/he would consider serving as your mentor.
· Mentors do not have to be local. Do you have a former high school teacher or tutor that you respected and admired? Consider asking them – you can communicate through email, Skype, etc.
Don’t be afraid to ask! Most folks will be honored to serve as a mentor. Once you find the perfect mentor and connect, they will empower you, make you accountable, listen to your struggles, provide practical advice, inspire you, and even serve as a future reference. You are never too young or too old for a mentor -find yours today!! For additional information about the benefits of a mentor, click here.