The Drury Mentoring Network is a Student-Alumni mentoring program that brings together students and alumni in purposeful, mutually rewarding relationships, introducing students to alumni from different backgrounds, class years, programs, and industries.
Alumni and students sign up to participate in the mentoring program through the online applications. Pairs are matched based on student preferences and interests. Pairs are notified of the match and provided with resources, talking points and ideas throughout the academic year.
Mentors form powerful one-on-one connections with their mentees, providing valuable resources, insight, and exposure to the larger alumni community. Mentors are able to stay connected to the innovation that drives Drury, while giving back to their alma mater in a meaningful way and having a lasting impact on students.
Mentors and students are encouraged to connect monthly for a couple of hours. It could be remotely through email, phone, FaceTime or Social Media or it could be a face-to-face meeting at a public place, like a coffee shop or a professional business. Mentor pairs should discuss what will be most beneficial to the partnership and determine contact opportunities that will work for the alumni and the student.
The Drury Mentoring Network helps prepare a new generation of innovative leaders who will improve the world.
We believe the way in which mentorship experiences are forged and maintained is absolutely crucial. Both students and alumni must approach this relationship with an open mind, respect, honesty, and clear expectations for what they are hoping to get out of the mentoring relationship.
Mentorship can be an important and challenging learning experience and different people react in different ways. We are here to serve as a resource to help both mentors and mentees manage expectations make the most of their invaluable mentoring experience.
"You often hear the phrase, 'It's not what you know, it's who you know.' While I have found this to be true, I heard a quote that took this idea a step further recently and I think it hits the nail on the head. 'It's not what you know or who you. It's how well you know each other that counts.'"
"Life is slower here. You are encouraged to stop and smell hibiscus flowers! But, mostly it is learning to be still and wait. Finding balance is complicated because we make it so."
"If you are concerned that your creativity may be stifled in a corporate environment, don’t despair. Today, there are so many more opportunities to thrive in business without having to climb that corporate ladder."
"Drury graduates are leaders in any number of fields, and by meeting and cultivating friendships with a wide variety of people, the odds of finding someone who can 'open the door' for you increases exponentially."
"Nothing will teach you more about the world or yourself like moving to a country you know nothing about and a culture so different from your own."
"My former Drury soccer coach gave me some advice that I've carried with me since: 'Focus on what you can control.'"
"In only a few seconds, people decide what kind of person you are and if you’re someone they can trust or not. You have to make that first impression count."