During one of my LDR 200 classes, we had a LeadChat about mentor and mentees to get some ideas flowing and get potential mentees hyped for the mentee draft! A LeadChat is a twitter conversation held by the Leadership Institute to create a large, free flowing conversation on the leadership topic at hand. As a class, we were asked five different questions to answer in our own personal opinion. After this, the rest of class was spent discussing how to be a beneficial mentor to the Leader Advancement Cohort of 2015. Here are a list of the five questions, and my responses to each one.
Q1: What qualities do you look for in a mentor?- In a mentor, I look for someone I can look for to talk about anything to. You always need someone to lean on #LeadChat
Q2: What are your expectations of your mentee?- A mentee who feels comfortable just being themselves around me, just like how I feel with @KatilynRose13 🙂 #LeadChat
Q3: What is the difference between a mentor and a role model?- A mentor is there to show you who and how to follow, a role model is who you should follow#LeadChat
Q4: What communication tools work best with a mentor/mentee relationship?- Not taking life too seriously, and talking to each other through both the good and bad times#LeadChat
Q5: Who do you look to as a mentor? How have they had an impact on you?- I look up to Katie as a mentor. What other 2nd year do you know getting their undergrad? #LeadChat
LeadChats are important and very beneficial in many ways. It gets Central Michigan University’s name out on social media, any individual can participate in the conversation, and great ideas/thoughts about leadership are generated! I love participating in CMU’s LeadChats and I hope you get involved in the next one!
As a Leader Advancement Scholar, you receive mentees as a sophomore. A mentee is a freshman who you take under your wing and guide/mentor them throughout their time in college. Before the Mentor Workshop during LDR 200 class I was aware of the entire mentor/mentee process, but I did not truly understand the “hype” of it. The workshop allowed me to realize that I now am somewhat responsible for this LAS student, and I want to be the best possible mentor to them as possible. I do believe that I have a great mentor who has definitely showed me the ropes and will be a great G-Mentor to my mentee! However, after the Mentor Workshop I did realize that there is a lot more work when having a mentee than I initially thought. Just to cover a few things, I was reminded that I have to guide not only through getting through school, but also dealing with their friend issues, dreaded break-ups, their gen-eds, and how to balance CMU’s social life and school life.
I know that I am fully prepared to be the best possible mentor to me mentee now though because I have now gone through it all. All of the “not-so-happy” things I dealt with I want to help my mentee not have to go through any of that. College is hard enough as it is and being able to prevent unwanted issues will just make me mentees’ CMU experience that much more enjoyable. Also, I would say that I am a pretty motherly and nurturing person, so I will make sure that I am only a phone call away, or ready for a girls night, or to be there to help on LAS cohort classes. Personally, I am taking the role as a mentor very seriously, and I cannot wait to experience the next three years on campus with my mentee!
In order to be the best mentee I can be, I am preparing myself by creating a list of do’s and dont’s for my mentee. There are some things that my mentor did not have to go through that I did, and I want to take what my mentor told me and what I have to say, and give all of that information and put it into my mentee’s hands. Also, I am preparing to shower my mentee with gifts and CMU essentials! Do you even go to CMU if you don’t have a CMU bumper sticker of “Beat Western” pin? Probs not! A mentor needs to show that they care about their mentee and that they have their best interest in mine. I will be loving, caring, nurturing, and a friend who will always be there. Everyone needs a should to lean on in college, and that is what the LAS family believes!