Hey everyone! Midterms are over, and Thanksgiving break is just around the corner! As cheesy as it may sound, this truly is a time to reflect and think about what we are thankful for. More than ever before, I have come to truly appreciate the mentoring that I have received throughout my past two years at USC. I was lucky enough to take part in a program hosted by the Center for Engineering Diversity which introduced me to upperclassmen who not only became my mentors but also some of my closest friends.
The week before I started classes at USC as a freshmen student I took part in the Early Connect Conference. This was a five day program for new underrepresented students in engineering to network with new freshmen, upperclassmen, and professors. Through this program I first met some of the student leaders of the SHPE chapter on campus, who quickly helped me get integrated into the organization. Through this “unofficial” mentorship program I was able to receive advice on what classes to take, how to produce an effective resume, even on where I should live for my sophomore year. Were it not for this group of people who generously offered to help me, I don’t know if my first few years at USC would have ran so smoothly.
For this reason, I decided to sign up to be a mentor for the CED Circles program. This is another program organized by the Center for Engineering Diversity, which matches new incoming freshmen students with upperclassmen for a year-long mentorship program. Through this program I am a mentor to three freshmen, who I absolutely love! So far this semester we have enjoyed milkshakes at Ground Zero and also explored L.A. Live together! I still have many more plans and hope that I can be as great a mentor to them as the amazing Trojans I had as mentors my freshmen year.[author title=”Author” author_id=””] href="#" data-color-override="false" data-hover-color-override="false" data-hover-text-color-override="#fff">Button Text