Mentors inspire, encourage, and support you, and contribute to your professional and personal development. You can expect to strengthen and build your network, and gain the skills and confidence necessary to excel. As a Pioneer, you're part of a caring network that begins on campus, with mentoring relationships with your professors and more senior peers, and extends throughout the alumni world.

"A mentor is someone who sees more talent and ability within you, than you see in yourself, and helps bring it out of you." -- Bob Proctor, Author, Speaker and Success Coach

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How will I be assigned a Mentor? First, complete your profile with information on what help you are looking for. Every attempt will be made to match students with mentors who have some form of shared interest such as hometown, major field, career interest or hobbies.  
  • How long will the mentors be available? We ask our mentors to make a full commitment at the beginning of each school year in order to ensure that the mentee is able to fully benefit from the relationship. If a mentor must leave the relationship early, we request at least one month's notice in order to search for a replacement mentor with similar background.
  • Relationship is not going well or I am concerned about membership, what to do? We encourage letting the mentor know about the situation and contact the program director immediately. We will provide our full support to resolve the situation in a positive and satisfactory manner.

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Student DOs

  1. Take a proactive role in shaping the mentorship. 
  2. Understand what you want from the mentoring relationship and communicate your goals and aspirations to your mentor. Balance personal and professional relationship with your mentor.
  3. Set aside time for the mentoring process and keep all scheduled appointments with your mentor and display professional behavior.
  4. PUT THE TIME WITH MENTOR TO THE BEST USE. Come to meetings with your mentor prepared with planned topics.
  5. Respond in a timely manner to your mentor's feedback. Respond to emails from your mentor at most two days after receipt.
  6. Be open and honest with your mentor about your challenges and weaknesses. 
  7. If something concerning the mentor needs to be discussed with others, it should first be discussed within the mentoring relationship.

Student DON'Ts

  1. Ask for advice on everything. 
  2. Blame the mentor if his or her advice doesn't work out.
  3. Expect the mentor to know all the answers.
  4. Commit yourself to obligations you cannot keep.
  5. Cancel meetings/visits with your mentor at the last minute.