#SDSUMentorMonday: Luis Vega Shares His View

Luis Vega works on the campus of San Diego State University and also is a mentor in the Aztec Mentor Program. Here’s what he had to say about being a mentor:

How did you get involved and why did you decide to become a mentor?

I heard about the program through an e-mail I received as an SDSU staff member. I became a mentor because I wanted to help students become successful in navigating through a large university like SDSU. I also wanted to help students move through their transition from students to young professionals.

How have you benefited professionally/personally from being a mentor? Or from being a mentee yourself?

Being a mentor has helped me better understand this generation of students, which has contributed to improving the way I communicate to students, since I work in higher education. Through mentoring my mentee I have also learned that students have a lot of different demands (course workload, part-time jobs, internships, etc.) and they need a person who can help them navigate through all those demands and stay focused. This mentorship program has been very beneficial for me as a mentor and for my mentee as well.

Why is mentoring important to you?

I never had a formal mentor when I was a student and it wasn’t until later in my professional life that I understood the importance of having someone to help guide you through your personal and professional life. Being part of AMP is a way for me to give something back to the students and to the SDSU community.

What are the most important questions that you think a mentor should be asking their mentee?

A mentor should be asking the mentee questions to build a good rapport from the very beginning. It is important for both the mentor and the mentee to get to know each other at a personal level, too. In that way, when issues or challenges arise, both the mentor and the mentee trust each other and the challenges can get resolved sooner. Sometimes it may be easier to simply focus on the academic or the professional aspect of the mentorship, yet it is very important to keep in mind the personal connection as well.

Why is mentoring important to you?

I never had a formal mentor when I was a student and it wasn’t until later in my professional life that I understood the importance of having someone to help guide you through your personal and professional life. Being part of the AMP is a way for me to give something back to the students and to the SDSU community in general.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please visit amp.sdsu.edu 

If you are interested in sharing YOUR story, feel free to here: Mentor Story Submission or Mentee Story Submission

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