A different way to keep up with and give back to your alma mater.
We are fortunate to have so many successful Bulls in our local community. We are even more fortunate when those Bulls willing to donate their time by mentoring talented USFSP students so that they can be prepared to shine after their time here on campus.
Are you willing to share helpful advice, wisdom and help guide a future leader towards success? Please complete the application form and our Alumni Relations Officer will be in touch with more information.
Apply to be a Mentor
Mentor Guidelines and Helpful Tips for success as a mentor to a USFSP student
Make sure to discuss and define the amount of time you have to dedicate to the mentee. The program does require at least 3 meetings for at least one (1) hour.
Mentees will make initial contact once a match is made in Recruit-A-Bull. Please respond in a timely manner. It is preferred that initial meeting be in person and lay the foundation for the relationship.
Activity options for meetings with your mentee: Meet at a coffee shop, meet for lunch, take them to your office, take a tour of the campus, or attend a professional organization’s meeting.
Conversation topics to promote self-awareness and career development in the mentee:
- Tell the mentee you are excited about being his/her mentor!
- Get to know mentee’s personal goals or help them identify goals to strive for.
- Share stories from your time as an undergraduate/graduate student at USF(SP).
- Ask them about their favorite campus program or service. Discuss what was most useful during your time as an undergraduate.
- Share “your story” about how and why you are in your current position/career. Students love hearing about your past experiences! You probably learned a lot from your past experiences and they can be invaluable to your mentee.
- Do you have extracurricular hobbies, a non-profit of choice or a favorite volunteer activity you’ve gotten engaged with? That’s a perfect way to show your mentee that there are other ways to meet people and be involved in your community other than just through work. Try attending an event together!
- Be Committed: Mentoring is a long term commitment to a student. Please make sure you have the time and motivation to stay committed to the mentoring relationship throughout the semester. We do understand, however, that conflicts arise, so make sure to communicate with your mentee in a timely fashion.
- Be Proactive: Take initiative in the relationship. Often students can be shy and intimidated at first by the idea of reaching out to mentors. Make it easier for students by reaching out about professional development opportunities.
- Get to Know Your Mentee on a Personal Level: AMP hopes that most mentoring relationships develop a personal touch. This makes conversations much more interesting, and rewarding. It makes both mentors and mentees look forward to the next conversation.
- Provide a Fresh Perspective: As a mentor, you are often more distanced from an issue at hand and thus be able to provide a fresh perspective for your mentee. This can help students tremendously as we are often clouded by our emotions and biases.
Thank you for your time to be a mentor. If any issues arise or if you have any questions about the program please contact us.
727-873-4129 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Alumni Relations Office
727-873-4259 or email@example.com