Senior Mentors Help New Students SOAR

December 10, 2020

The first semester at UM-Dearborn can be challenging, especially for students with many responsibilities outside of school.

The first semester at UM-Dearborn can be challenging, especially for students with many responsibilities outside of school. In addition to their classes, first year students in SOAR juggle family care, work, and other commitments while adjusting to the academic rigor of their courses. Add a global pandemic and remote learning into the mix it’s easy to see how a student could become discouraged. Encouragement, support, and practical advice from seasoned SOAR student mentors, Nadia Bryant and Shameca Rochon, helped the fall 2020 new SOAR students navigate their way through the term. Both seniors and communication majors, Nadia and Shameca played an instrumental role in the success and well-being of our first-year students.

 

“Having Shameca as a mentor has been a great experience. She has been a source of great support for me and is always available with a positive attitude and a smile, no matter how busy she is. Her honesty and openness about her struggles and what has worked for her and not worked have been invaluable. She also gave me great tips on how to make my first turkey, and it turned out great!”  

Jackie Chapman, CASL, Integrative Studies

 

“Nadia has been a joy to have as a part of my support system. I’ve never had a mentor before. The experience very different for me and hard to grasp because I’m usually the “go to” person for everyone. When I needed help, I never reached out. I would just shut down and give up. But it was like she ALWAYS knew something was wrong and reached out at the craziest of times. Her words of encouragement aligned with my problems. I began to open up and partake in the mentor/mentee experience. That was one of the best decisions I’ve made this semester. I really appreciate her being there for me.”  

Briana Walk, CEHHS, Children and Families

 

“Mentoring is a great reciprocal relationship, both the mentor and mentee learn and grow together! I am a better person since mentoring SOAR students!”

Shameca Rochon, CASL, Communication

 

My experience as a mentor for SOAR has been rewarding, not only academically, but personally. I learned how the importance of empowering people can bring out the most beautiful, brilliant, and best of parts them, by just simply showing support for them.” 

Nadia Bryant, CASL, Communication

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