description of "Out and About" in the February/02 "College
Report" made me wonder why graduate counselors at Career
and Placement Services don't run a mentoring program providing
College advisers for all College students: mentoring "by
can't offer the life experience and perspective
that faculty and staff can." (All quotes are from the article.)
Mentors not only "offer mentees the benefit of life experiences
[but mentees] can also be a source of inspiration [for the mentors]."
Therefore the high ratio of four faculty advisers to five students
(during the past two years) might be justified by the added inspiration
of the faculty.
and mentees talk at least once a week and meet in person at least
once a quarter. The program also sponsors field trips, such as
dinners, Cubs games, and Court Theatre performances." "Mentors
say the program is a chance to make a younger person's college
experience easier than theirs was." The program shouldn't
be "narrowly focused [but] also about having fun." Finally,
the faculty would be able to advise all students about whether
they should "mention sexual orientation on a résumé
or a grad school application."
would seem that a program with such rich mutual opportunities
should be available to all faculty and students.
H. Klumpner, SB'45, MD'48
Oak Park, Illinois