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  • Writer's pictureMatt Shaw

Why you should become a mentee

Updated: Apr 27, 2020


1. Receive guidance – Your mentor can provide you with a unique student opinion with knowledge from their past experiences. Depending on your mentor, they can provide you with knowledge of courses, professors, co-op, international exchange, CUSS opportunities/events, etc. This personalized advice allows you to hear a different perspective and open you up to new ideas. You can use these new ideas towards forming new paths to working towards your goals. For example, when I was a mentee, my mentor gave me useful advice on the courses she had previously taken. I used the advice to determine which courses I wanted to take!

2. Expand your network – The great thing about the mentorship relationship is that you also make new friends! Getting involved in the mentorship program is an awesome way to meet other people in the program and build a community. Making friends can be difficult, especially upper-year friends. Your mentor can introduce you to other students in your program, who can give their own student advice. Personally, becoming a mentee was how I was introduced to CUSS and most of my friends in the program.

3. CCR credit – Build that resume! Aka your co-circular record at Carleton. The next four years you will be constantly reminded to get involved with clubs, societies or events. The mentorship program is a perfect way to accomplish that! Participating in a CUSS program will look great on your CCR for grads school and impress future employers.

4. Personal growth – One of the most important components of mentoring is to reflect. As the school year progresses, your mentor will provide you with feedback. Constructive criticism is a key element to becoming your best self in order to reach your goals. Self-improvement leads to enhanced performance professional, academically, and personally. Throughout my first year, my mentor pinpointed my lack of organization skills. To help me, she taught me how she prefers to organize her classes. Fast forward three years later, and I still use my google calendar every day!

Are you convinced yet? Sign up for our mentorship program today!!

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