Do you want to take Mentorship to the next level? We are looking for individuals interested in supporting the mentorship matches during the year. Every month we will be hosting training sessions for Mentors who are interested in expanding their skills. Visit the program calendar for upcoming dates.
Become a Mentor in Residence
Upcoming Mentorship Training
Do you want to take Mentorship to the next level? We are looking for individuals interested in supporting the mentorship matches during the year.Read more »
Every month we will be hosting training sessions for Mentors who are interested in expanding their skills. Visit the program calendar for upcoming dates.Read more »
Becoming a Physicist: All thanks to my mentor
I must admin that I was reluctant to join this Mentoring program because I was on the fence about continuing with my physics degree and I wasn't convinced that having a mentor would help me figure that out. After hearing a few positive stories about mentoring from my faculty advisor, I decided to give it a try... and I'm so glad I did! Dr. Newton turned out to be such a helpful guide to me over the past six months. We discussed some of my questions about pursuing a career in physics, and he invited me to collaborate with him on his upcoming journal article. Through shadowing him and working with his Grad Assistants on research, I gained firsthand insight into what it would be like to dive into this career. My horizons were expanded and I learned more about myself. All the credit goes to Dr. Newton and this incredible mentoring program!
My real thoughts about mentoring
I've always scoffed at the term "mentor." So many friends from my major would brag about their incredible mentors, and I felt like it was all for show. But as I've grown older, I've found that there have been key conversations with alumni that have been formative to my career. You could call those "mentoring moments." Because of those moments, I joined this mentoring program with the hopes that I could give back a bit, and it has been such a gratifying experience. I've enjoyed meeting these fantastic students and hearing their accomplishments and dreams. I've been able to challenge and encourage along the way, but mainly, I've been impressed. I feel like our community will be in good hands in the next 50 years.
High Impact Experience
I entered college with a clear sense of who I was and where I wanted to go. It wasn't until my sophomore Creative Writing course that I realized my dreams of becoming a writer were probably not going to become true. While I was a pretty good writer, I started to learn that I didn't really enjoy it like I used to, and my interests were leading me toward public health. This threw me for a loop, so I decided to join this mentoring program to see if I could gain some guidance from an alum who had experienced a similar change in focus. I had such a great experience with Ms. Johnson. She had walked in my shoes before and led me through a difficult but rewarding discernment process on what my values, interests, personality, and skills really were. I'm still in that process, but I am forever grateful to my incredible mentoring for walking alongside me on this path.