Tuesday, October 14, 2014

SOAR Mentor's Advice for AU Education Majors

by Hallie Carrino

On September 24th, Ashland University students were given the opportunity to hear from two AU alumnae about their careers in the education field.  As mentors in the SOAR Alumni Mentoring Program, alumnae Jenny Mercer and Amanda Kozack were able to provide to a group of education students tips on topics such as student teaching and interviewing. The SOAR Alumni Mentoring Program is a great way for current students to connect with AU alumni within their major to get advice and network.

Jenny Mercer writes, “I decided to become a SOAR mentor because it is so important in education to have someone to talk to about concerns, questions, or just the daily issues you encounter as a teacher. Having someone you can talk to and bounce ideas off is so important."

"I am a proud alumna, so being able to come back and help future educators is a pleasure and an honor.  We were able to answer questions for the students that can be difficult to ask a field experience or mentor teacher, especially when it deals directly with the assigned school or mentor teacher. We were able to give feedback and insight from our personal experiences to help the students in attendance. I wish we had something like this when I was at AU."

"As much as your field experiences and student teaching prepare you for teaching, being a teacher is still different. I think being able to hear the truth or things you encounter that you are not prepared for is always beneficial. Hopefully these events continue on campus for education majors and other majors as well."

"Networking is a large reason why certain people get interviews over others, regardless of what is on the resume. The more people you meet in your field is always helpful in the long run.” 

The SOAR Mentoring program connects current students with Ashland University graduates and friends of the institution for the purpose of career exploration.

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