Rules of a Mentee
You have entered into a partnership with an important faculty member or
businessperson in your desired field. Keep in mind that this is a
relationship that needs nurturing from both you and your mentor.
1. Know the extent of interaction that your mentor is able to provide.
2. Know what is expected from you.
3. Have realistic expectations - you won’t become an expert over night!
4. Be willing to learn.
5. Be willing to accept constructive criticism.
BE AN ACTIVE PARTICIPANT
1. Seek advice and counsel. Your Mentor does not know when you need help.
2. Listen and observe. Try to keep an open mind, even if you don’t agree.
3. Ask questions. Questioning is a key component in learning.
4. Ask for clarification. Don’t expect yourself to understand everything
5. Inquire about resources. Your Mentor probably already has a network
6. Help problem solve. You learn most effectively by doing.
7. Make suggestions. You have fresh ideas to share.
8. Look for challenges.
9. Be flexible - only then do you truly grow.
10. Make sure that you attend all meetings, appointments as scheduled.
PRACTICE WHAT YOU LEARN
1. Develop your own planning skills. The same methods do not work for
2. Develop self-assessment tools. There are long-term benefits from
learning to know yourself - your capabilities and limitations.
3. Assess yourself honestly. Keep in mind - no one is perfect!
If problems develop during the course of the semester, please contact
the Program Director (Sylvia Sorkin,
email@example.com or 443-840-1768) immediately so action can be
taken. Examples include failure to come to meetings, lack of response to
calls or e-mails, unwillingness to meet with you, etc.