Want a mentor? – OurWarwick

Want a mentor?

In this blog post, I’m going to be talking about the SU mentorship scheme; what it is and why I think it is an invaluable opportunity for both mentees and mentors.

The SU mentorship scheme connects current Warwick undergraduate students with new freshers. Although the process for this year has closed, this is a great opportunity to take a note of for when it opens again in September 2021.

Mentors hold meetings each term to provide friendly advice and support on both academic and general matters.

A great learning experience for mentees:

Whether you ask advice about choosing accommodation, finding our which societies could be best suited to you or how to apply to society/work-related opportunities, I can guarantee you will save time and stress through these meetings.

Some things in life are best learned through trial and error, but when there is an opportunity to shorten that learning curve and learn from someone that has walked a similar path to you, you should embrace it with both hands.

Moreover, it is the random connections in life that lead to the most adventurous opportunities. Meeting someone from a different course, a different ethnicity and a different perspective will teach you things that your course mates, flat mates and like-minded friends might not be able to offer. It is the random collisions in life where creativity and innovative thinking is borne from. In a lockdown environment, the SU mentorship scheme is a fantastic way to bridge the gap between what was once spontaneous or coincidental meet-ups in the library.

Reciprocal benefit for the mentor:

Giving mentorship is incredibly powerful, not just in how giving your time and effort for a fellow student energises you, but also in terms of the synergies it leads to. Mentorship is not just about Q&A and giving, it is about sharing ideas, sharing perspectives and widening your vision. It’s all well and good saying this, but I have experienced this firsthand as well.

When I went to organise the first mentor meeting through the SU scheme, I was expecting on giving some guidance on how to study, what societies to join and maybe tips on getting the flat together in such tough times. But instead, I developed a strong bond with my mentee, who as well as telling me about their background having grown up on the other side of the world, taught me about persistence, which is something I needed to hear at that point in time. Mentorship is not a one-way process; it is a friendship that teaches both the mentee and the mentor.

Hopefully, I’ve encouraged you to sign up to the SU Mentorship scheme for next year – I firmly believe that the community vibe is something which differentiates our university and this initiative strongly reinforces that.

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