Suggested questions to ask your mentee at your first meeting

  • Ask why they chose Columbia College and how the experience is so far.

  • Share thoughts about and reflections on your student experience and what you’ve used in your life since Columbia.

  • Ask what challenges/opportunities your mentee is facing and help them think through how to face/take advantage of them.

  • Discuss majors: how your major helped you, or not, and what potential it has for setting up success.

  • Talk about volunteer work and how those experiences can be used to enrich a resume.

  • Help them reflect on their academic or career interests so they can develop greater awareness about how to make the right choices.

  • Brainstorm ways to stand out in the job application and interview process (share examples).