One of the requirements of the Global Engagement program is joining an International group every year. For the past two years I have gotten involved with OU Cousins, but I decided to take a different approach this time around. This year the GEF program formed several different advisory boards, such as Mentoring, Recruitment, and Social Media. If you’re on an advisory board that counts as your international group for the semester/ year!
I’m actually on the Recruiting Board and the Mentoring Board, but it’s fall semester so we haven’t done much recruiting. What we have done is welcome a new class of Global Engagement Fellows to our OU family, some of whom wanted a mentor. That’s how I met five of the most amazing freshmen. I’ve been (trying) to help them with pretty much anything they need help with, as much as I can.
Honestly, when I signed up to be a mentor, I didn’t know what to expect. I still don’t. It’s kind of weird to be helping someone “get their life together” when I definitely don’t have mine together yet. But as these girls ask me questions, I’m constantly surprised by how much insight I can normally offer them. I hope my mentees are getting as much out of this program as I am. I don’t know if I’ll do it again next year, but I know if I do I’ll learn even more cool things about myself and I’ll me another group of awesome people!