Finding a Mentor in College

by Kirstin Le Grice

When students first set foot on their college campuses, so many thoughts are running through their minds. Making friends, finding the best classes, discovering the best study spots, and of course, finding the best parties. Finding a mentor? Not such a strong goal for most, unfortunately. What most incoming freshmen don’t realize is that having a mentor in college can make a world of difference.

One of the greatest aspects of having a mentor is that they will always watch your back. They can offer advice regarding classes to take, which professors to avoid, which dining hall to go to, or even how to navigate the libraries.

A college campus is the perfect place to seek out role models and mentors. Accomplished professors are everywhere, full of wisdom and knowledge just waiting to be shared.

Mentors don’t necessarily need to be professors. Upperclassmen, advisors, TAs, and even administrators can all suffice. Really, what a student should look for in a mentor is someone who is open to sharing their insights, and willing to make them a better, more enlightened individual.

Mentors are people to look up to who can inspire you to be a better individual. Finding one is such an important and integral part of your journey as a college student, but it is often overshadowed by the need to find friends and parties.

Mentorship breeds passion. When students have someone to look up to, it makes them want to excel. Having an inspirational mentor at their side brings out an entirely new sense of drive, an enthusiasm that many miss out on.

Mentors see in you what you often fail to see yourself. They see the spark and intelligence just waiting to be refined. This is one of the most wonderful aspects of having a mentor. They will always see talents and qualities in you that you didn’t know you possessed.

College is full of obstacles. While there are good times to be had, they are surrounded by difficult classes, exams, papers, projects, and countless other taxing assignments. Anxiety, frustration, and depression are emotions felt by all college students on any given day.

Mentors offer support and guidance among other things, making these obstacles easier to overcome. Whether it be with study tips, more information, or simply an ear to listen with, having someone who is looking out for you will make a world of difference.

Be A Mentor

Being a mentor can be as rewarding as having one yourself. Inspiring others, guiding them through the challenges placed before them gives one a stronger sense of purpose. Helping someone become a better individual evokes not just pride, but happiness and a sense of completion that is hard to find elsewhere.

Think about being a mentor during your last year or two of school. Remember the relief, joy, and comfort that it gave you, and pay if forward. There are hundreds, if not thousands of terrified freshmen all over campus looking for a guiding hand.

No matter how confident or prepared you feel about college, having a mentor will always be an extra boost in the right direction. Finding someone who shares your passions and interests will not only help you excel in your classes, but it will also drive your passion to new heights.

KirstinLeGriceAbout the author: Kirstin Le Grice is a recent graduate of University of Colorado and a staff writer for CollegeFocus, a website dedicated to helping students deal with the challenges of college, including housing, finance, style, health, relationships, and transferring from a community college to a four-year university. You can follow CollegeFocus on Twitter and Facebook.