I greatly enjoyed working with Mikia. Mikia is a very talented and creative student. She has excellent writing and editing skills. She is also a kind and humble person. The publishers at NewSouth Books enjoyed working with her and teaching her valuable editing and computer skills (such as Adobe InDesign). Mikia did a great job copy editing Dr. Alan Gribben’s 700-page book on Mark Twain, which will be published in a few weeks.
For me, the best part about being a peer mentor is being able to help others. I am the type of person that loves to be of service to others and it brings me joy to see that I have helped someone else. I was a freshman once, so I know the struggle of being a freshman in college and all the obstacles you face. Taking what I have learned through my experience and sharing it with other students helps them feel at ease. It lets them know that they are not alone and have someone to talk to.
Being a peer mentor has taught me so much about myself. When I first came to AUM, I never thought I would be a peer mentor or have the capabilities I have now. It has helped me learn my strengths as well as my weaknesses and has inspired me to improve. I never thought I would be able to get in front of a class and present information to students, but now I can.
If you are considering being a peer mentor I say, do it! There is so much you can get out of it. I have built connections, improved my communication skills, taken on responsibilities that have increased my confidence, and it looks great on my resume. Being a mentor has taught me to be a leader and how to be more professional.
If you are a new peer mentor or become one soon, do not be scared to communicate with the professor you are working with. If you have any questions or concerns ask them. They are just as much your mentor as you are to the students in their class. If you are nervous about mentoring, that is okay. Just be yourself and make the best out of the experience.
Peer mentors should continue to be a mentor for as long as they can. The more your mentor, the more skills you build and the more comfortable and confident you will become. Also, pat yourself on the back and give yourself some credit! Not everyone can be a peer mentor. So, if you are a peer mentor, that is an accomplishment worth celebrating.
Mentoring is so rewarding! I love to see the students I work with on campus. I love when they stop and chat with me about their day. I had an experience that happened earlier this semester. I saw two students I worked with over the summer. They were on their way to the silent disco and I stopped to ask how everything was going. They told me it was a little hard meeting new people and that seeing me made them feel a lot better because it was a familiar face and someone they knew. I then told them that they will make lots of other friends and that they should continue to go to campus events. Now, I see them hanging out with lots of other people on campus. It makes me happy. I love being a peer mentor and if someone asked me if I would do the whole process over, I would say, yes! – with no hesitation.
Internships have a great impact on student success. Writing and Editing interns acquire practical experience in their field and learn valuable skills. They meet influential people in their discipline, which helps them with networking and finding jobs upon graduation. I’m pleased that many of the internships that derive from my department have led directly or indirectly to full-time jobs.