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Find yourself a mentor

Transitioning to the University of Utah, whether it be from high school or another institution, is an exciting and unique opportunity for many students. But just like any big change, it can come with some challenges.

In her New Student Welcome address this year, University of Utah President Ruth Watkins said, “A bit of advice—find a mentor to work with. That will be a key to your success here at the U.” A mentor can be a professor, advisor, student success advocate or a peer. But how do you go about finding yourself a mentor?

The Office of Orientation & Transition has made it easy with the Campus Life Mentor program for first-year students and the Crimson Mentors program for transfer students. These programs pair incoming students with an experienced mentor to ease their transition to the U.

By signing up for a student mentor, you begin an important step in your college career. Building relationships is key to successfully navigating college. Mentors are an immediate connection for mentees and are there to help in any way they can. Over the past few years, the Office of Orientation & Transition team has been happy to see that students who participate in a mentor program report high levels of academic and social success at the U.

What to expect

  • Mentor text messages
    You will likely receive a text weekly from your mentor. They want to ensure you are getting the most out of your U experience.
  • Mentor emails
    Your mentor will send a monthly email with various campus resources they think you may find useful. Be sure to check for these and take advantage of the resources they share.
  • Mentor program events
    Your mentor programs host a variety of events throughout the year. These are a great way to get to know your mentor as well as fellow mentees.
  • Answers to your questions
    Mentors are a phenomenal resource and you shouldn’t hesitate to ask them for help. They may not immediately know the answers to all of your questions, but they know where to go to help you find your way. They are here to help you.
  • A champion for your success
    Be open and honest with your mentor regarding your goals, challenges and progress. Mentors are there to support you and enjoy hearing how you’re doing. Let them know what’s coming up so they can tailor your support as much as possible.

Sign up for a mentor today

Questions?

If you would like more information or have questions about our mentoring programs, please contact the Office of Orientation & Transition at 801-581-7069 or email us at orientation@utah.edu.