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While there is no standard formula to be a successful mentor, there are steps you can take to improve your success.

Be Accessible

  • maintain a system for reaching out to your mentee (scheduled phones calls and/or emails)
  • engage your mentee in conversation
  • share information about yourself – what advice can you give about transitioning into college
  • always remain open to conversation with your mentee

Be Selective

Do not over-commit yourself. Focus on smaller number of high-quality time with your mentee rather than longer one-on-one meetings.

Provide Encouragement and Support

This is very important when establishing the mentor/mentee relationship.

Teach and Train

You have experience in transitioning from military service into college. Share your experiences, and provide helpful tips.

Set Goals

Set clear and challenging goals for:

  • how you will be providing your mentee with helpful information
  • how you will connect your mentee to student support services
  • how you will accomplish your assigned responsibilities to the VRC

Provide Information

Help demystify the new system of education for the new veteran student:

  • Institutional policies
  • Norms, standards, values, ideology, resources at SCC
  • Skills and competencies necessary for advancing toward their academic goal
  • Common hurdles and stumbling blocks

Self-Disclose when Appropriate

Be willing to share your success and failures if lessons are beneficial and applicable.

Allow Increasing Mutuality and Collegiality

The best mentor relationships become professional friendships.

Challenges our Mentors have Encountered in the Past:

  • Learning how to set the tone for helping another person through college
  • Figuring out which student services program would be most beneficial to the mentee
  • Teaching the strategy of time management to the mentee
  • Explaining what prerequisite courses mean

What our Mentors have Learned in their Role:

  • Gained information about campus student services
  • Time management skills
  • How to help someone succeed

Related Pages

What is a Mentor? Role and Requirements

GY6 mentor requirements, attributes, role, and expectation; components of mentoring.

What is a Mentor? Role and Requirements

Apply to be a GY6 Mentor

Would you like to mentor other veterans?

Apply to be a GY6 Mentor

Matching Mentees to Mentors

If at all possible, the Got Your Six teams are selected based on either a match in majors or career interests.

Matching Mentees to Mentors

Veterans Resource Center Contact

Jake Kattan
Veteran Resource Center Representative
Got Your Six Coordinator
Performing Arts Center PAC 101
Phone: (916) 650-2951

Veterans Affairs Office Contact

Blanche Levy
VA certifying official
Admissions & Records
Student Services Building
Phone: (916) 558-2591

Veterans Resource Center Counselors

Mary-Sue Allred
Phone: (916) 558-2299

Anh Nguyen
Phone: (916) 558-2071