The importance of finding a mentor

By: Lauren Houck

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Source: http://careergirlnetwork.com

From the time we were young kids we’ve had people we looked up to. Our parents, our aunts, uncles, grandparents, firefighters, the president; the list goes on. So why is it that when we graduate and head off to college, we ditch the idea of having a mentor?

Having a mentor is one of the most valuable things you can do for yourself in college. Networking is something we all learn about in class. We attend events, use hashtags to connect, and put ourselves out there on social media, so we should also be putting ourselves out there to find a professional in our field of study. Mentors can help with a lot of the problems we face while in college. They know how stressful college can be, and can give you advice on how to get through the college years, and give you hope for the future.

Eastern Michigan University’s chapter of PRSSA will be hosting at least 10 public relations professionals on Feb. 16 from 5:30 to 7 .p.m. in room 352 of the Student Center. This event is called speed mentoring, and will give everyone an opportunity to talk with every professional there, get advice on resumes, talk about internships, and have intelligent conversation about the field. This is a chance to network with people, which could turn into a lifelong mentorship.

Lauren Houck is a senior at EMU studying public relations and minoring in communication. Lauren enjoys meeting new people, learning different perspectives, and building relationships with people. Lauren loves traveling and will go on an adventure whenever the opportunity arises. 

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