When communication major Vidale Barsir first met his alumni mentor, Benjamin Vaughn ’75, he thought the meeting would last 10 or 15 minutes. Instead, the pair talked for three hours. “I thought I would get some resume tips or find out about what to wear on an interview. But instead my mentor helped me to see how I could impact the world around me,” Barsir said.
Barsir is not alone. Students throughout the College are meeting local alumni, who offer guidance and advice through peer, virtual, and group mentoring.
Through the mentoring program, now in its third year, alumni are able to contribute to the College’s mission of ensuring student success. The College’s strategic plan, Montgomery College 2020, envisions MC as an institution where “students are guided and mentored with personal attention appropriate to their academic needs.”
“Mentoring can change a student’s direction in life,” says Jane Smith, the Alumni Association’s mentoring chair. “It can be defined as a learning partnership between a more experienced and less experienced individual. It is a trusted relationship, and a meaningful and thoughtful commitment.”
Basir encourages other students to take advantage of the mentoring program. “You make great relationship, great connections—there is no beating it,” he said.
For Montgomery College alumni would like to volunteer to be a mentor, contact the Alumni Office by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at 240-567-7951.