Having volunteered to mentor undergraduate students in our Honors College, I now have to learn how to develop mentoring relationships that are helpful. At this stage what is clear is:
• this is not about academic advising (course selection etc.) or non-academic advising (emotional, housing, etc.)
• I can’t expect the students to be following my career, which is very interdisciplinary, so my role is not to usher them into an arena where I have contacts, stories-with-lessons, and so on.
What then is a mentor supposed to provide? I suspect that the students won’t have a better-developed idea of what the mentoring relationship should be.
I’ll update this post as my experience unfolds. In the meantime, suggestions welcome about how to proceed.
P.S. I have gone to a 2-hour training session, but this did not help me.