The shift from high school to college can be an overwhelming experience for many students. Living in an urban environment is new to many students. Feelings of isolation and uncertainty over how to become a part of something larger than themselves are common. Mentoring is one way in which Marquette displays cura personalis.
During their first years, new graduate students find out that graduate school is vastly different from their undergraduate experience. One main difference is that the goal of an undergraduate is to obtain knowledge, while in graduate school their goal is also to contribute to a field of knowledge. Mentoring is an important mechanism that enables graduate students to acquire the body of knowledge and skills they need as well as an understanding of the way their discipline operates. Research shows that students who have mentoring relationships have higher productivity levels, a higher level of involvement with their departments and greater satisfaction with their programs.
Faculty cite many rewards from mentoring students. Among them: