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we all experience thing differently & I think it's a good idea for us to see how the mentor prog. has helped us as a student. how has being a student in the mentor program help you?
I chose Sexxxy Sarah to be my mentor back when I first joined. How was it helpful to me? Immensely!
Maybe it was just me, but when I first joined, I was overwhelmed and 100% confused! I did not know a thing. I didn't know how to do anything or where to go. I guess for some of us, when you first get here you're like a lost puppy. It was pretty tough for me and when I graduated, it was hard to find my way around like learning how to do things like order your own assignment. I caught on though.
What was helpful most to me was her way of guiding me in writing reviews. She would tell me what I'd forgotten or needed to add in a review without beating around the bush. I like that. I remember once, she was like, you HAVE to know what kind of batteries it takes. Because I couldn't recall and I'd just say "I don't know what batteries this needs, but..." LOL. That was an eye opener for me. I finally realized I NEEDED to gather my information, even if it meant writing down every detail as I notice it on a post-it, and keeping the post-it handy for when I went to write the review.
And I still do that. Lol. When I'm at home, I write on my bed and right beside my bed is a bookshelf and nobody else can see the side of the shelf except me, so I can leave a bazillion post-its and refer back to them! Lol.
I'm interested in hearing the other responses from people who have been in the program. I like knowing what students need and want from a mentor because I want to be the best mentor I can for my students. It can be tough because you have different people with diff. needs. I used to send out this LONG list of how everything works here -- everything! Lol. And for some students, they liked that because they could learn and refer back to that instructional list if they ran into trouble on what to do when getting an assignment or where you go to begin writing.
And then I had students that got really frustrated when I sent them a welcome message and my "here's how everything works" guide. They did not like that, so I quit doing it and started just giving the basic info and asking a new student to just tell me what they need to know instead of me frustrating them with my little "guide." LOL. And whattayaknow? I got ahold of a student 2 months ago who was left in the dark. They were like "uhh.. I'm REALLY confused here!" So then I decided that they could use my little guide.
Some students need things that other students don't. Being a student also helped me to be a mentor later because had I never been a student, I really wouldn't have the first clue as to how to be a good mentor, which I hope I am. So the mentor program was totally necessary for me. I couldn't have done much of anything had I not gone through it, and quite honestly, I do not see how people are able to figure this place out with out a mentor. Well, unless they have friends they always ask when questions happen.