The photo to the right shows me with my mentee, Jasmine Kearse, after the Clemson vs. Virginia Tech game. She is in the marching band and plays alto saxophone. I think she and I were matched together because I used to ply baritone saxophone in the marching band at my previous college, and we have the same major and a lot of the same interests. I couldn't have been matched with a more driven, motivated student. I had a blast, and it meant a lot to her that I came to see her perform. I am encouraged every day by the progress of all of the freshmen in the graphic communications department that I work with, and I feel that this has been an amazing experience and has enriched my life and my college career. Below, you can read more about my experiences as a peer mentor.
Jasmine seems to be doing really well at Disney. I just received an email from her and it looks like the only thing she's having problems with are some small roommate issues, and everything else has been going really well. She said that the classes aren't quite as intense as she had expected, and that she is having a wonderful time working for the resort. I'm really glad that this has been a great experience for her, and I wish her the best of luck for the rest of the semester. I can't wait to hear from her again and see how she's doing!
Jasmine is currently interning at Disney this semester. We are continuing contact online and by phone. I have been working with Julie Zeitz to recruit new mentees and mentors for the program for this semester. I have also asked the members of Golden Key International Honor Society here at Clemson, as well as the members of Gamma Epsilon Tau graphic communications honor society to apply for mentorship positions, since we have more kids than we do mentors this year. I am looking forward to the new semester with new challenges, meeting new people, making new friends, and helping our future scholars along their way. I am so grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this mentorship program, and I can't wait to see what the new semester has in store for us!
Jasmin and I met for our last time today. Our chemistry lab today was the last one of the semester, and she will be interning at Disney in the spring. However, we have decided to remain in contact with each other, and her interest in the printing industry amazes me. We discussed conversation techniques and how to get employers and potential clients to notice you, things to do to better your degree and resume, and what potential employers are looking for in an employee. I suggested that she gain a firm basis in printing first, because all other aspects of the industry depend on how well you grasp print. We have had a wonderful semester together, and I wish her the best in all of her future endeavors.
We met for lunch today after our CHEM105 lab. She filled me in on her upcoming internship opportunity this summer, and how she has been doing so far in college. I'm very proud of her, and I believe that she will do well in everything she sets her mind to. She is handling the experience well, and keeping high marks in all of her classes. I'm excited to keep up with her next semester as she interns at Disney.
My freshman, Jasmine, got an internship with Disney! I'm so excited for her. She met with me today because she wanted to know what she should do before accepting the internship. Since it is not a graphic communications related internship, I gave her the information for our departmental internship coordinator, Ms. Carol Jones. I told her she needs to talk to Ms. Jones about possibly getting the internship counted as her GC 350 and Co-op 201 classes, and about seeing how her financial aid will be affected. She's also talking to her academic advisor tomorrow. They are offering her a way to complete a minor in Communications over the spring semester, and I think it will be a great opportunity for her. I pointed her in the right direction of who to talk to before she makes a final decision. I'm so proud of her!
Meanwhile, I received an email today from Sancoa International, a packaging company out of Lumberton, New Jersey. I turned in my resume at Intern Employer Day, and had an hour-long interview with them last week. The email I received asked about times when they could call me tomorrow, so I'm hoping that this means I got the internship! I will keep everyone informed. This mentorship has been an amazing experience so far!
Jasmine and I went to lunch again today after our Chemistry lab. We discussed the difficulties of time management, and the issues involved with being in (sometimes too many!) student organizations. She is enjoying the marching band here, and is starting to realize that college marching band is a whole new level when compared with high school. She asked me questions about GC intern employer day, including: what to wear, what sorts of questions to ask, what to include in her resumé/intern employer form, etc. She is a very talented girl, and she is doing very well so far. I will follow up with her tomorrow about intern employer day, and find out what kind of contacts she made and if she found anything that interests her for next year. Maybe she found something that she will enjoy in industry. We will not be meeting next week, due to my trip to GraphEXPO, but we will be keeping in touch. We have found each other on Facebook and have been keeping up with each other on a fairly regular basis.
In addition to Jasmine, I have tutoring sessions for a few of the freshmen that I am in class with set up for this week because of midterms, and I have been helping out one of my fellow transfers, who has been finding it difficult to fit into campus life, and make friends. Even though I don't necessarily fit in with the GC upperclassmen that have been here together since their freshmen year, I am glad that I can be of service to the freshmen and transfers in my department. I enjoy being helpful. On that note, I'm signing off for tonight. I have projects to finish before GraphEXPO!
I found out today that my mentee for the peer mentorship program is actually my Chemistry lab partner, so I'm happy with how that worked out. We had lunch together after lab today and got to know each other a bit better. She is in marching band and plays alto saxophone, I was in marching band and I played baritone saxophone, so we have that in common. We are also from the same area of the state, and have the same majors. She is very interested in getting involved in the campus community, so I gave her some ideas on what organizations she may be interested in based on her major, and included some that I'm involved with. We see each other at least once a week, and will be texting and emailing back and forth. We didn't realize we knew each other already until chemistry lab today when we exchanged email addresses to work on our lab summaries together, but we were both glad that it worked out the way it did. More updates to follow.