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Many times, people overthink mentorship.
The relationship does not have to be formal,
however, it needs to be clear.
Mentorship is not a new concept, however, tapping into a great mentoring relationship requires more than connecting two people.
In order to make it great, ensuring mutual meaning and benefit to both the parties involved requires effort, understanding, and flow.
“In my years of creating this program I found, with structure, follow up and enthusiastic willingness of both parties, mentorship is sustainable for the long term.”
– Tina Fox, Creator, TERN Mentoring
During the fall semester of my junior year, I had the opportunity to take part in a mentorship program at JMU. The program paired each student with a graduate of JMU. I was able to hone my communication skills and learn how to face failure head-on. During the program I also took on the role of panel discussion facilitator, which aided in the development of my public speaking and administrative skills. I am very grateful that I got to be a part of this program and I would highly recommend it!
The mentorship program was a unique opportunity for me to step outside of my comfort zone and receive real-world advice. I learned relevant real-world skills and knowledge in the 6-week mentorship program.
The JMU Mentorship program gave me an opportunity to connect what I was learning in the classroom and apply it to a real-world context. To speak with an accomplished alumnus and connect on so many personal and professional levels inspired me greatly. The JMU network is strong and one that students should capitalize on and use to the fullest extent. Thank you JMU Mentorship Program for connecting me with a true role model and dear friend.
Becoming a Mentor
If you are reading this, it’s probably because you have some interest in mentoring, and we thank you for that interest.
The number one question I’m often asked when a mentor is considering becoming a mentor in this program is, “Am I qualified to be a mentor?”
Simply by asking, you’ve demonstrated humility and curiosity, a couple of key cornerstones in mentoring.
Tina was recently interviewed on The Pod of DC & the Voice of DC Productions by Rick Bernstein.
You can listen to a snippet of the interview or hear the entire interview here.
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