Office of Student Enrichment

Mentoring

CBBS believes in the power of mentoring and the effect that mentors can have on the mentee’s academic, social and professional success. The Tiger Ties Mentorship Program was created to provide a unique and valuable opportunity for students to gain skills, knowledge and expertise from someone with first-hand knowledge. Our mentors are CBBS graduates who are successful and accomplished, and who have offered to volunteer their time and talents to mentor CBBS students.

A mentoring experience can further develop a student as a leader, question student thought processes and turn a student into a different person. Mentoring requires communication, vulnerability, willingness and accountability – these four components will make for a positive interaction and will help both mentor and mentee meet professional and personal goals.

What is mentoring?

The term "mentoring" originates from Homer's Odyssey - the character Mentor coaches and counsels Telemachus, Odysseus' son as Telemachus prepares to take on the responsibilities of the family in his father's absence. The term mentoring has been used ever since to describe a relationship where an individual receives advice, coaching and/or counseling from a more senior wise counsel. For the mentor, it is an opportunity to develop an individual both personally and professionally; for the mentee, it is an opportunity to learn from an experienced person. Typically, these relationships last several years and often end in colleagueships and/or friendships.

Mentoring is not...

  • a “quick fix” to a mentee’s problems
  • a personal counseling session for the mentee
  • a method of motivating a mentee who is unwilling to take responsibility for his/her own development
  • a job interview
  • a way for a mentee to gain employment, contacts or financing for a project

If you are considering becoming involved in our distinguished mentoring program, Tiger Ties, please email Mel Baxter (mabaxte@clemson.edu) for additional information.