When getting to know a stranger, a mutual friend, or even a classmate, having that first conversation can be really awkward. Getting to know someone new, in this case a mentor, can be just as nerve-wracking and difficult. This is why I created this list of tips and ideas to make it less awkward. But before sharing, it is important to note that the main purpose of having a mentor is to utilize them for academic, professional, and personal support in general.
Having a mentor can help improve your skills and achievements immensely over time. However, often, we see how many scholars don’t realize the advantage of being equipped with such a supportive figure in their life until things, or shall I say life, gets tricky. In all honesty, that was my case. It was only when I was mentally drained, suffering familial hardships and losses, experiencing burnout, and nearly failing in more than half of my classes, that I realized the privilege of having a mentor by my side.
My mentor, Anna, was the main reason I got back on track academically, professionally, and most importantly mentally. Because she knew me well and understood the ways to support me. The mentee-mentor relationship we developed over these past two years is what helped her support me and helped me continue flourishing inside and outside of college. Below, I’ve organized tips and ideas of things to do with your mentors to build a strong mentee-mentor relationship!
Batul is a passionate and hardworking BCS transfer student studying Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley. She will be graduating this Spring, officially making her a first-generation college graduate. Batul has also obtained education in Political Science and Psychology, which are both fields she wishes to pursue in the near future after earning her Bachelor’s degree. In hopes of becoming an advisor or counselor, Batul aims to commit time and dedication to internships and volunteer work centered around peer mentorship for scholars like herself.