Graduate Mentor Program
The Boston College Graduate Mentor Program matches Boston College graduate and professional students with Boston College undergraduate students from low income, first generation, or underrepresented backgrounds. The program is designed to help participants share experiences around graduate studies, how the choice was made to pursue a particular discipline, and the challenges and rewards of being a graduate student. The ultimate goal is to have participants share stories and offer support and guidance in exploring graduate work.
Any graduate or professional school student at Boston College is eligible to be a mentor. An understanding of issues facing first generation and underrepresented college students is essential as is a willingness to share one’s own experiences in applying for and attending graduate school.
Here's what some past mentors had to say about the program:
"I highly recommend the Graduate Mentor Program. It provided a wonderful opportunity to learn about mentorship. Prior to the program, I didn't quite understand the nuances and responsibilities of being an effective mentor/leader. Throughout the year I was motivated and challenged, which ultimately led to personal growth for both myself and my mentee." -Jack
"The Graduate Mentorship Program has been nothing but a rewarding experience. Through this program, I was able to help a student prepar
e for graduate school while also gaining invaluable mentorship experience." -Karina
"The Graduate Mentor Program helped me see that even though the undergraduate and graduate students live in very different worlds/cultures, we also have so much to learn from each other. I've learned things about myself that I wouldn't have been able to realize without this program and the relationship I had with my mentee. It also really makes you think about the mentors you've had in your life that have helped you get where you are." -Kiara
The program will run from September 2016 through April 2017. Graduate mentors are expected to attend an orientation session in the fall semester, meet with their mentees on a monthly basis, and attend at least one large-scale program hosted by the Office of Graduate Student Life each semester.
Some past events hosted by the mentor program include an Etiquette Dinner, Winter/Holiday Social with gingerbread house making, graduate student panel discussion, and mentor/mentee excursions to local museums and colleges/universities.
Undergraduate students will be matched with a mentor based on mutual academic and personal interests. Therefore, it is important to describe your experiences and interests carefully in your application!
Graduate students who participate in the Graduate Mentor Program as Mentors will be able to...
- Define mentoring
- Identify and explain at least 2-3 skills necessary for effective mentorship
Undergraduate students who participate in the Graduate Mentor Program as Mentees will be able to...
- Describe the graduate school application process
- Compare and contrast the undergraduate and graduate student experiences