Mentorship Request Tips

3 Tips for Your Mentorship Request:

  1. Check your grammar and spelling. Most mentors are experienced professionals and you want your first contact with them to be a professional one. So proofread your messages before sending them and you’ll make a great first impression!
  2. Provide details in the description field of your request. Mention where you are in your academics, in your career, in your life, and identify specific goals that you hope to achieve with your mentor’s help. You can start by asking yourself, “Where do I want to be in 1 year, 5 years, etc.?  How do you think your mentor can help you with these goals?” For example: “I’ve been at a community college for 2 years and am going to transfer to a 4-year university this Fall. I would like some help writing my personal statement.” Or, “I will be applying to dental school soon, but I have previously performed poorly on standardized tests. I would like your advice on test-taking strategies and time management.”
  3. Stay positive and open-minded. An optimistic frame of mind can go along way so try rewording your request to highlight your strengths and abilities, yet emphasizing that you are ready and willing to hear their advice.