Each year, Calvin’s mentoring program pairs over 180 students with mentors from Calvin’s faculty, staff and alumni. Participate in this program and you’ll meet six times each semester with your mentor, but that’s where the requirements end. How you interact with your mentor depends on what you want out of the relationship. You might meet for coffee, study the Bible, attend a concert or lecture, or discuss a book together.
Senior international student Joella Ranaivoson has been meeting with her mentor, Cindi Hoekstra, for two years now. Read her thoughts on the experience:
Q - WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO APPLY FOR THE PROGRAM AND SCHOLARSHIP?
A - I had always been intrigued by the concept of mentoring and I wanted to experience it myself. I was curious, I guess, and I really wanted to be mentored.
Q - WHAT DO YOU AND YOUR MENTOR DO TOGETHER? HOW OFTEN TO YOU MEET?
A- We sit and we talk, and we share. We eat food together. We listen to one another. She offers advice and insight, and I share what’s on my heart.
Q - HOW DO YOU BENEFIT FROM YOUR MENTORING RELATIONSHIP?
A - I have a solid and significant relationship with someone who is not my peer nor my parent, so it’s a unique relationship. I benefit from having someone to share with who can offer insights from a different perspective. My mentor’s kindness and thoughtfulness always warms me, and I hopefully can be a blessing to her, too, which is my benefit.
Q - WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A NEW STUDENT CONSIDERING THE MENTORING PROGRAM?
A - Do it! As long as you have a willing and open heart and mind to have someone speak and share into your life, and you into theirs, do it. If you want to have someone you can look to and share burdens and joys with who can be a constant presence in your life, and you desire to bless them, too—do it.