Highlights from Students and Mentors
“Having my mentor to talk to about anything GVSU, work, life related has been very affirming for me. Having someone who has been there, done that, made those mistakes, knows the loopholes and can guide me into positive healthy decisions is exactly the extra support I need as a senior at GVSU. I would recommend anyone at GVSU without a mentor, even if you have an adviser, or already have someone you talk to, to take advantage of this program and meet someone one step ahead of you!”
– Samantha Przybylski, student
“I love being a mentor. If I can share some of my experiences and make someone else more comfortable or excited about their future and their experience at Grand Valley, I am more than happy to do so. I had such a good experience with mentors, professors, friends, and classmates. If I can help make someone else's experience as wonderful as mine was, even a fraction of it, I want to pay it forward. I had wonderful relationships with people there and I wouldn't be the same person without them. I spent countless hours in professors’ offices talking about life, school, and the future. I want to share some of their advice and solidity with others. Being a mentor is incredibly rewarding in that respect. I am often in communication with my mentees about what they are up to and answering random small questions they have about anything and everything. If I can create a positive environment, a collaborative atmosphere, a safe zone, a feeling of contentedness or security, by being a mentor, I will. Everyone deserves to feel like I did at GV. I'm a Laker for a Lifetime and a proud alum.”
– Mackenzie Thaden, 2013 alum
"I cannot say enough positive things about my experience with the mentoring program. My mentor is like the pen pal I never had. She is extremely relatable, having gone through many of the steps I am currently taking. Moreover, through my mentor I am able to see what someone whose interests are similar to mine is doing post-graduation. Most importantly, however, at a time when I am experiencing a multitude of scary but exciting changes, she has become more than just my mentor – she is also my friend."
– Mackenzie Kibbe, student