When I first got involved in Waynesburg University’s Chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America, I was completely clueless when it came to most things related to public relations. I am an English literature major, pursuing a minor in public relations, and I knew that getting involved with PRSSA would benefit me.
I have two really good friends, however, that are public relations majors, and after signing up and paying my dues, I sort of adopted them as my mentors on how to do Chapter things; let me tell you, having someone there for you is very helpful. Here are five solid reasons as to why you should find yourself a mentor.
1. You will find them to be very useful
Even if you are a very self-sufficient person, you are going to have questions, and believe me when I say that it is a lot easier to just text someone and ask them rather than trying to get Google to figure out what you need to know.
Most of the time, people are willing to help you, especially if you ask nicely. When involved with an organization, like PRSSA, people sign up to be mentors, so they are excepting you to contact them, and they are ready to help you with anything. Even if they do not know the answer, chances are someone does and they can direct you to that someone.
2. They’ve been there
Your mentor is typically more experienced than you are. This is a good thing, so use them. If you have questions about one of your classes, ask your mentor. Chances are, your mentor has taken the classes that you are or will be taking, so they know what you are going to need to expect, and what will be expected of you.
They will probably know the material and what exactly the professor is looking for. Also, when it comes to having to do projects, it is going to be easier knowing what the professor is really going to critique, what they are more lenient on and how they grade.
3. College can be overwhelming
It’s not a secret; college is very stressful. In the end, it is all worth it, however getting there is quite the journey. It is nice to have someone on your side knowing what you are going through. Having someone who took the classes that you may struggle with or just need a helping hand to get through goes a long way.
4. Positivity is something everyone can use a dose of
Your mentor is mentoring you for a reason. They want to help you and see you succeed. Encouragement can go a long way to a college student, and your mentor will know that, because again, they’ve been there.
Watching you do well will also make your mentor happy. They will encourage you to do better and help you get there. If they see you struggling, they will do all that they can to help you.
5. It’s nice just to have someone to be able to talk to
You may feel as though college is taking its toll on you and you are drowning in work and projects. When this happens, call or text your mentor.
A mentor gives you tips and pointers on how to be more successful, but that doesn’t mean you cannot just call them to talk. If you need someone to talk to, especially because they know how it feels and have probably felt the toll that stress can take on you themselves, they will be able to talk you through it. They know what it is like to be in your shoes, and that is why they dedicate their time to helping you.
Caroline Brown is a senior English literature major, who is also pursuing a minor in public relations. Caroline serves as the publicity chair for Waynesburg University PRSSA. She hopes to pursue a career in publishing post graduation. Caroline is passionate about the Pittsburgh Penguins, reading and spending time with the important people in her life.