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The College of Public Service Mentors understand that it can be difficult to find balance between work, home, and school. Mentors are here to encourage new students, and to help them maintain focus on their academic goals. If you are a Kaplan University College of Public Service student and would like more information about the mentoring program, please contact your Education Advisor.
Why did you become a mentor?
I became a mentor because I knew I would love the experience
of helping a fellow classmate who was struggling to reach his or her goals.
Knowing that I have helped a number of students and have many former mentees who
still reach out to me from time to time lets me know that I am making a difference.
What do you think is the most important part of mentoring?
Letting people know that you have their back and that you
will do whatever you can to help them. This experience only helps to boost my
belief that I have made the correct choice in the career
field I am entering.
One positive experience as a mentor that I would like to share...
I have a former mentee who had a very hard time just getting
her work in on time and she would ask for my help with her homework almost daily.
I was able to get her to set up a schedule for work, family, free time, and
school. In addition, I got her to stop over thinking everything. She has been
able to do well and no longer needs assistance through the mentor program.
However, she did ask to remain in contact with me in case she needed assistance
at a later date. Not only do I continue to "mentor" her, we have
become friends not only in school but through social media as well.
Why did you become a mentor?
I became a mentor because I enjoy seeing adults achieve
goals in life. I had a positive support system growing up and when I started
working at a preschool, I was the support system to the teacher. I learned that
teachers have a great helmet to wear—they educate, nurture, and love our
children. That's why I became a mentor for online students at Kaplan University.
As I stated earlier, I believe that everyone needs a
positive support group. I have worked in preschool for over 16 years and one of my roles was to train and
mentor new hires. This position gave me the opportunity to learn about their
goals in this industry and how I can expand their goals in the field and in
life. I am a positive person and despite what obstacles we face in life, we
always need to hear a positive word at the end of the day. This is what I have
come to do.
When I worked for the Learning Care group, I was hired as an
assistant director. Later on the title of mentor was added to my work load.
This position gave me the opportunity to meet new staff, talk about our
company, learn about individual staff member goals and develop a positive
working relationship. The staff members who were under my tutelage are still
employed by the company and we stay in contact. I am not working with the
company, but I still send encouraging words to these employees whose positions
range from teachers to managers. It is gratifying to hear from my past staff
and know that they take their position seriously and are still growing. In
fact, some of the staff have returned to college to further their education—even
some with Kaplan University. I am proud.
With my years of working in the criminal justice field I
have found the willingness to help others succeed in any way that I may. This
is an opportunity to give back to Kaplan University to help new students who might
be nervous in starting their college career. When I began college I was nervous
and didn't really have anyone to turn to for basic questions on resources for
academic support. My career goal is to one day become an instructor in a
college setting, and I think it is important to build a foundation of student
interaction and support for students needing help and guidance. This is a
positive way to provide support to students because questions are posed to
another student rather than an instructor.
The most important part of the mentoring program is to have
an open line of communication and a good relationship between both parties. Without
a good relationship, solid and helpful questions may not be asked to the
mentor. The mentor program can also guide the student to proper resources
related to their educational goals. For instance, if a student needs help with
writing, the mentor can guide him or her to the Writing Center for assistance
or even a paper review. The important factor is that the mentor wants the
student to succeed not only their first term but through their educational
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