I am sure several students can be afraid of being in college without someone to help when needed. UC Irvine provides far more mentors than you may expect. The RAs for freshmen prove intricate to first year students. Undecided/undeclared students have an opportunity to join a mentor-ship program. Various student services on campus provide staff prime and ready to help or refer you to someone on campus to help, but I will be focusing on two I am most familiar with.
- Your RAs provide you with someone to go to, and someone you can trust with any issues that come up.
- The U/U Mentor-ship provides a select few undecided/undeclared students with the opportunity to have their own upper class mentor.
In every housing location for freshmen at UCI an RA serves the role of mentor for the hall. Each RA has been trained and experienced how to handle certain situations. With my RA Jun, we have the ability to bond, get information, and receive support. An RA trains, and based on past experiences uses their knowledge to advise students. In Ondas, my RA Jun encourages hall unity, and encourages us to get involved at UCI. I personally had the ability to speak with my RA in small amounts about events in my life, but also identified the bonding others have made with him. I can tell everyone in the hall appreciates Jun, causing me to acknowledge each RA as a mentor and friend to those who want and need it.
I have the honor of being in the U/U mentor-ship program;however, the program introduces a fun and interactive way of being mentored. Every accepted student becomes assigned to a mentor, either a second year or third year student, with about 2 other students. The mentor-ship creates social events to have fun, but incorporates times with mentors for tips to be passed on, and discussions to be provoked about where your college life could be heading. The mentorship program actually proves to be entertaining with events such as a game night. The game night included a guessing game for everyone with famous people on the back or characters. There were a variety of mini games after words such as taboo, a different name guessing game, a word creating game, and a blindfolded trust game. All of the aforementioned provide simply two options for mentor, but each allow one to bond with more experienced people in college, and college includes the responsibility of making connections. Hope you all enjoy and can have great opportunities to meet a mentor in your life!
-Your Zot Blogger Carlos