Mentees are expected to attend scheduled opportunities to interact with mentors through the College of Arts and Sciences. In addition, mentees are expected to be courteous and respectful to the mentor at all times. This includes being prompt in returning all communications, being punctual to all events and meetings and being well prepared for the individual meetings. Mentees are expected to follow-up with mentors during the mentorship period if individual meetings are not being scheduled. Remember that you can learn a lot from your mentoring relationship and, as with most things, you will get out of it what you put into it.
The mentee is prohibited from consuming alcohol in the presence of the mentor during the mentorship period. While we encourage close relationships between mentors and Leadership Scholars, mentees are prohibited from asking the mentor for money or other personal financial support. Mentors serve as a resource of information and to share personal and professional insight and advice and are not expected to provide or assist students in finding employment.
While we do our best to match Leadership Scholars with Alumni Mentors based on professional interest, hometown, or another commonality, there are still numerous ways to have a great relationship with your mentor if he/she is not working in your field of interest. In addition, as a Leadership Scholar, you have access to other members of the Board of Visitors and Alumni Mentors at College of Arts and Sciences events. So, utilize your resources and start networking! Here are some examples of ways you can reach out to your mentor:
- Invite your mentor to attend an OU activity or event with you.
- Ask your mentor for personal or professional advice and inquire about internship/shadowing opportunities. If your mentor is in a profession different from your own interests, perhaps he or she knows someone in your area of interest.
- Ask your mentor to meet you for lunch or coffee on campus. Meetings like this are great ways to get to know one another outside of formal settings.