I am a new mentor to the CCS program at Kent State University this semester. So far, my experience with the program has been a very positive one and I have loved working with each and every one of the students. I am currently a mentor for students in the academic setting, assisting them in Academic Support Lab where most of the tutoring occurs. I believe this program is a very valuable experience for these students because it provides them with an opportunity to have a real college experience. It allows them to navigate the world around them, to learn to do more on their own, to think for themselves, to gain skills that will serve them as adults. This will be an extremely useful tool once they graduate and enter the real world. In just a few months time, I already see student growth. Some students are doing more by themselves requiring less support, there is improvement in time management and organization skills, they complete homework assignments on their own, and navigate campus more independently. Some students, however, continue to struggle in these areas. However even they have shown growth since the beginning of the semester.
I look forward to coming to work every day. I love seeing the students, and it is such a great environment to be in that it hardly feels like work. They are fantastic individuals and always make my day immensely better. Having these students on campus does so much more than helping them to learn and to grow. Having them on campus also enriches the university and the lives of other students and faculty. I am so grateful to have this opportunity to join the CCS team this semester. With the support and guidance of the program coordinators and staff, I know it will only continue to grow in the years to come.