Stanford Alumni Mentoring (SAM): An Introduction
“My mentor is amazing. Not only is he full of stories and advice, he’s incredibly encouraging. I feel like he truly believes in me and would like nothing more than to see me succeed.”
What is a Stanford Alumni Mentor?
As a Stanford Alumni Mentor you are a guide, friend and resource who shares your Stanford education and professional experience to help pave the way for students to succeed at Stanford and beyond.
As a Mentor You Play Several Roles, Including:
Motivator: Expresses belief and confidence in the mentee’s abilities, and encourages the mentee to try new things.
Resource: Teaches and advises the mentee on how to make professional contacts, and introduces the mentee to new people, places or ideas.
Supporter: Encourages open and honest dialogue, and listens to and responds to the needs of the mentee.
Coach: Helps the mentee develop, and work to achieve, realistic and meaningful goals.
“The most rewarding aspect of mentoring has been making a meaningful connection with my mentee and feeling that I have made a positive impact.”
-Stanford Alumni Mentor
The Mentoring Relationship
For mentoring to be successful there must be a reciprocal, comfortable relationship between mentor and mentee. Both parties must work at the relationship to make it successful by being open-minded, respectful and keeping to the expectations they have set for the relationship. Ideally, the mentoring relationship will be mutually beneficial for both the mentor and mentee.