our mentees

Mentor FAQ

How can I get the most out of my mentorship experience?

Think carefully about the areas you most want to improve, and communicate those clearly to your mentor Learn about your mentor’s background and ask about the connections and experience that are most interesting to you Give your mentor feedback

My school invited me to join 50/50 Mentoring Collaborative, but I don’t think I need a mentor. What should I do?

Mentors can help you delve deeper into an academic interest, career field, or activity that you already excel at, whether it’s finding an internship, getting a promotion, succeeding in an advanced class, or being elected to a leadership role.

I’m an adult student, and I’d like to be matched with someone who shares my experience. Is this possible?

Yes! Many of our mentors are or were adult students. You can indicate this preference on your matching survey during the sign-up process.

What kind of preparation do mentors get?

Video chat training with a specialized MC trainer Information on key resources at your school

What if I don’t like my mentor?

We encourage you to try a few conversations with your mentor to get a sense of the areas they can be helpful with, but if you aren’t comfortable in your mentorship for any reason, email help@mentorcollective.org right away and we will connect you with a new mentor.

I have an idea for how 50/50 Mentor Collaborative could serve me and my school better. How do I share that feedback?

Mentee feedback is essential to the MC program. Please email us at info5050mentoring@gmail.com with any feedback - we would love to learn from you.

Can I become a mentor myself?

Yes. Many of the best MC mentors are former mentees. Depending on your school, you might be invited to participate as a mentor as an upper-class student, or as an alumnus/a.

When will I be matched?

It varies by school, but matching usually occurs on a rolling basis. We try our best to match you as soon as possible, but sometimes we decide to wait until a great fit becomes available. For further details, get in touch with us at info5050mentoring@gmail.com

What counts as a “conversation?”

Throughout your mentorship, we ask you and your mentor to log your conversations on our website or through our automated texts. But what counts as a conversation? It can be:

  • 1 phone call
  • 1 video chat session
  • 1 email exchange
  • 1 in-person “interaction” (grabbing coffee, spending 10 minutes talking before class, etc.)
  • 2+ text messages exchanged within 1 day
If in doubt, please don’t hesitate to ask us at info5050mentoring@gmail.com.