Upperclass Honors students have a unique opportunity to be mentored by an Honors alumnus through the University Honors Program Alumni Mentoring Network.
The Honors Alumni Mentoring network connects students in their 3rd year and above with Honors Program alumni to mutually advance students’ and mentors’ professional and personal effectiveness through supportive intergenerational relationships, professional workshops, and networking.
As Mentees, Honors students receive guidance and personal attention from a mentor who is invested in their success. Students gain experience in cultivating strong professional relationships as they grow intellectually, professionally and personally.
As we bring Honors mentors and mentees together to exchange ideas and engage in workshops and conversations around professional development, a rich, vibrant network is created in which all learn from one another.
The Benefits of Mentorship
- As students reap rich rewards from what they learn from their Mentors, alums also learn from their protégés while they advance their mentoring abilities.
- Both Mentors and Mentees become part of a vibrant network of inter-generational learners.
- Through their interactions with the larger community of Honors Mentors and Mentees, all participants’ professional networks will be enriched.
- Alumni and current students remain active contributors to the University Honors Program and the greater Northeastern University community, establishing meaningful relationships that will last a life-time.
Responsibilities of Mentees and Mentors
Responsibilities of Honors Student Mentees
As Mentees, Honors students seek guidance and personal attention from a mentor who is invested in their success. Students gain experience in cultivating strong professional relationships as they grow intellectually, professionally and personally.
Students are asked to maintain consistent contact with their Mentor, promptly respond to their communications, and show appreciation for the time and expertise their Mentor offers them.
Responsibilities of Honors Alumni Mentors
Honors Alumni Mentors provide guidance and support to Honors students as they chart their unique learning journeys and prepare for their bright futures. Mentors may elect to work with a single student, or a small group of students, who share a disciplinary or professional interest. Alternately, Mentors may elect to serve as a “consultant” to groups of students with a common interest.
Mentors are asked to maintain consistent contact with their Mentee, promptly respond to their communications, and be as flexible as possible as students balance competing responsibilities of classes, co-op, etc.
Role of the University Honors Program
University Honors Program professionals will provide ongoing support to Mentors and Mentees to ensure that their relationships are mutually beneficial.
The University Honors Program will provide educational resources on effective mentoring and will host occasional live and digital networking events in which participants may share ideas and experiences, and can form rewarding relationships with other mentors and mentees.
Application and Matching Process
Students who are interested in being matched with an Honors alumnus should complete the Student Mentee Profile below. You will then receive details about Honors’ new interactive matching process, and will be given access to the Alumni Mentoring Network Participant Portal to review the profiles of potential Alumni mentors.
The University Honors Program believes that the opportunity to forge meaningful relationships with members of our alumni community is invaluable. Our aim is to match students with alumni who are willing to invest deeply in students’ holistic development. Although we may not be able to match you with an Honors Mentor who shares your exact academic background or professional aspiration, we are confident that you will be matched with a Mentor who will have your best interests at heart and will offer quality advice and support.
Please contact Academic Advisor Alicia McCormick with any questions.
2019 – 2020
- The matching of Honors Students and Alumni Mentors for the 2019-2020 academic year will begin in Fall 2019 and will continue throughout the year on a rolling basis. Students are encouraged to complete their profiles early in the academic year to have the best chance of being matched with a highly desired Mentors.
- Because mentorship may occur via phone and teleconferencing, students who are on co-op or on a study abroad experience may participate if they believe they can maintain consistent contact with their Mentor and fulfill their roles and responsibilities as a Mentee.