Mentors inspire, encourage, and support you, and contribute to your intellectual and personal development. You can expect to strengthen and build your support network here at FAU as well as gain the feedback and confidence necessary to excel.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I choose a Mentor? You only need to make the commitment to being mentored.  After completing your profile, we will match you with a mentor.  Our mentors are other undergraduates, graduate students, staff and faculty who are invested in helping new students succeed.
  • How long will my mentor be available? We ask our mentors to commit one year so that you are able to fully benefit from the relationship. If your mentor must leave the relationship early, we request at least one month's notice to match you with another mentor.  
  • Our relationship is not going well, what can I do? We encourage discussing your concerns with your mentor - it may be a matter of clarifying expectations of one another.  You can also reach out to the staff in The Mentoring Project.  We will provide our full support to resolve the situation in a positive and satisfactory manner.
  • I think I need help more help than my mentor can provide, what should I do?  Your mentor is one of many people here at FAU who can support you.  Counseling and Psychological Services offers a 24-hour line for students who are distressed and feel a need to talk (561-297-3540). You can also schedule an appointment to meet with someone on the Boca, Jupiter, or Davie campus. 

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Student DO's

  2. Think through what you want from the mentoring relationship and communicate your goals and aspirations to your mentor. Strike the balance between a personal (let them get to know you) and professional relationship with your mentor.
  3. Set aside time for the mentoring process and keep all scheduled appointments with your mentor.  Respect that they are investing their time in you. 
  4. PUT YOUR TIME WITH  YOUR MENTOR TO THE BEST USE. Come to meetings prepared to talk about your academic and personal transition to FAU. 
  5. Respond in a timely manner to your mentor's feedback. Respond to emails from your mentor within two business days.
  6. Be open and honest with your mentor about your challenges and weaknesses. 
  7. If your mentoring relationship isn't meeting your expectations, discuss that with your mentor.  

Student DON'Ts

  1. Approach your mentor with questions that you can find answers for yourself. Have a purpose in each request. 
  2. Blame your mentor if his or her advice doesn't work out.
  3. Expect your mentor to know all the answers.
  4. Commit yourself to obligations you cannot keep.
  5. Cancel meetings/visits with your mentor at the last minute.