The thought of post-graduation life can be intimidating for some students. It is not uncommon for many students to feel like they don’t have as much direction as they would like when graduation comes closer.
Students can visit faculty mentors for direction and to be more prepared for that day.
A faculty mentor’s job is to help students have success in their college career, as well after they graduate. Every major has at least one designated faculty mentor, and all students have the opportunity to meet with them.
Beth Hendricks and Brent Bean, two faculty mentors for the communication department, provided some thoughts and insight on the importance of students utilizing their mentors.
“You should take advantage of your mentor because they know more about what you need to do post-graduation to be successful,” Bean said. “We don’t want our students to just be a graduation statistic, but a better student and, after graduation, a better professional.”
Faculty mentors help students learn why they should take certain classes, the sequences they should take them in and what type of electives they can take outside of the classes required for their major.
“I can’t believe students don’t take advantage of their mentors,” Hendricks said. “We are here to give our students counseling from the very beginning of their college career to the end.”
Bean and Hendricks have seen students find success after working with their mentors.
For example, Bean had a meeting with one of his students. They talked about possibly taking an analytics class the student was interested in rather than taking the communication classes that he was majoring in.
“I encouraged him to take some analytic classes, and they eventually became very successful in an analytics career,” Bean said. “I’m not saying I’m the reason he became successful, but this shows the importance of having someone for students to talk to.”
Hendricks connected a student with individuals that eventually helped launch his career. This happened because Hendricks suggested the student sign up for an event on campus. Through his experiences at the event, he pursued a career working for Adobe.
“He is now my contact for everything Adobe,” Hendricks said. “He was able to be pointed in the right direction because he came and talked to me. So I think, ‘Wow, if students were to take advantage of their mentors, they might have similar experiences.’”
To find your faculty mentor, navigate to your BYU-I portal. On the right is an academic summary with the name of your mentor listed toward the bottom.