Baskin Mentor Network
“My mentee and I talked about some things he can do to get the most out of his college education, like taking classes outside of his major and trying to cultivate friendships with interesting professors and graduate students.”
“My mentee and I set a goal to read about faculty members on campus to find lab work or projects that align to her interests so that she can work to build a foundation for her career and grad school.”
“My mentee said he felt more confident about doing well in his midterms after discussing them with me."
“Being a mentor has taught me how to be more introspective about what motivates me. Having to mentor someone makes you reflect on your experiences and how to use that to help your mentee.”
“Be honest with your mentor, and tell them if you have something wrong, because they can help a tremendous amount. Also, do not be afraid to ask about stuff that you want to know about.”
“Look at your mentor like an older brother or sister. Since building trust is very important for better communication and experience, looking at your mentor as someone very close to you helps you get the most out of the mentorship experience."
“My mentor has helped me navigate through LinkedIn and gave me insightful advice on my resume.”
“My mentor shared some similar challenges she faced and ways she overcame them! She also recommended that I check out some great clubs and helpful programs that UCSC offers. She was very encouraging and made me feel less anxious about being a freshman.”
The Baskin Engineering Mentor Network program enhances the student experience by linking students with alumni. Students are paired with someone invested in their success — a person ready to listen, inspire, help navigate challenges and recognize opportunities. Students will learn what to expect in school, how to approach challenges, gain career advice and valuable insights, while mentors develop skills to become better professionals and leaders.
Students will be matched with an alumni based on common interests, background, academics and professional aspirations. To get started, students and mentors register and complete an online survey to assess personality and experience.
What Mentors and Students Discuss:
- How will my major impact my professional options?
- How do I balance the demands of school, responsibilities, and socializing?
- How can I set myself up for academic, social, and career success?
- How do I make connections with peers and professional contacts?
"I'm really excited to have someone there for me. It's nice knowing that I'm not completely alone and hopefully can be someone I can reach out to if I'm having a hard time in school or other activities."
"[My mentor] helped me answer the question of how to form strong relationships with my professors by giving me an actionable strategy to having strong purposeful visits to their office hours."
"I'm volunteering to mentor because I've been fortunate enough to have mentors who guided me throughout my academic and professional careers & I feel like I am finally able to give back."