I have had several mentors that have helped me significantly during my time at NIU. Between faculty, alumni, administrators, and students, it is extremely hard to choose just one without leaving anyone out. I will talk about a former student that has had an incredible impact on my time here. I met him my freshman year, during the first week of school. It was he who first encouraged me to get involved. He got me to come out to a few clubs in the College of Business and I was hooked. My first two years, I was so busy that my sleep suffered a bit. He helped me out with everything from grades, to campus involvement, to personal struggles, and to even helping me socialize with people on campus. I did not know more than 2 people before stepping foot on campus. He helped me realize my passion and enthusiasm for NIU.
This year, I feel that I have taken on more of the mentor role. I have been getting my mentee involved with a variety of things on campus ranging from Honors, to study abroad, and research initiatives. She has come a long way already and is progressing extremely quickly. I was and still am able to help this person adjust to life on campus and away from home while preparing them for the real world. I am helping this person because I believe they have incredible potential and will also be willing and able to help out others in the future. I am where I am because of the shoulders of giants before me. I only hope to help out others in the ways that I have been helped myself.
I am most looking forward to getting to know my mentor this spring during the Student-Alumni mentor program. I was involved with the pilot program last spring and my mentor, Pete Garrity, was incredible. He is a recently retired marketing alumnus that has had a wealth of business experiences during his professional career. I have been very fortunate to get to know him and about his passions for NIU and this mentoring program. I am looking forward to getting know my mentor for this spring just as well as I have been fortunate enough to get to know Pete. I have been on the student end on nearly the whole process of setting up this mentoring program, from the very first day that the idea was conceived at a focus group at NIU’s Naperville campus. Mentoring is one of the key initiatives that President Baker has set forth to student career success. I am honored and excited to be a part of what could be a part of NIU for years to come.
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