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Mentoring is a one-to-one relationship in which an individual gives you time, support, and encouragement to move confidently through a range of experiences.

A mentor is someone who has your best interests at heart and who is available to you as a sounding board for questions and decisions about academics, careers, life choices, and anything you might need to talk about.

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Develop mentoring relationships with faculty, staff, community members, alumni, and peers.

As a mentor’s protégé (or mentee), you are someone who is willing to be engaged in a mentoring relationship and interested in learning all that the mentor has to offer. Mentoring functions include:

  • Building a relationship
  • Providing information
  • Being facilitative
  • Being challenging
  • Serving as a role model
  • Providing a vision

Students, being involved in a mentoring relationship will help you to:

  • Establish a meaningful connection
  • Select your major, a career and/or graduate school
  • Discover university resources and services that will help you succeed
  • Become involved in campus and community activities
  • Understand university rules and policies

Being involved in a mentoring relationship as a peer mentor will help you:

  • Facilitate the success of another by sharing your knowledge and time
  • Enhance your communication, leadership and peer counseling skills
  • Learn academic success strategies and increase your familiarity with university resources
  • Gain valuable experience as a student leader in preparation for graduate school or a career

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Did You Know?

  • Aztec Mentor Program words and photo of studentsThe Aztec Mentor Program (AMP) pairs students in one-on-one mentorships with established alumni/professionals in San Diego and beyond.  Students gain valuable guidance on a variety of career-related topics including networking, interviewing, and job shadowing. Plus,  AMP gives mentors a wonderful opportunity to share their knowledge and expertise — and give back to the Aztec community!