Academy of Health Professions, works a full-time job at
prerequisites to enter the new Medical Laboratory Technology
Program, and still finds time to work as a Peer Achievement
Mentor for the Health & STEM Pathways Center.
of prerequisites to get through and things, in reality, can be
completely different than they seem from what you read in the
textbook. Being a peer mentor gives me an opportunity to meet
new people, get to know them and their goals, and give them
guidance when I can."
mentors. "All of our mentors are experienced MCC students
who can provide leadership and support for students who are
planning for careers in health or STEM fields," said Audrey
Frater, Academic Coordinator for Health & STEM Pathways.
talk to a fellow student," said Desai. "We've all been in the same
work and give them a heads up on what's to come."
motivators, role models and advisors, Peer Achievement
Mentors are also friends. "Peer mentoring can be challenging.
Sometimes there are outside issues we can't help a student with.
But we can talk with them about it, listen to them and
encourage them," said Desai.
the protégés, the peer mentors benefit as well. "Students grow
tremendously from being a mentor. It keeps them connected
with the program and with other students, and it's a good
experience to put on a resume," said Frater.
him make a name for himself. "Not only is it rewarding to see
students you've helped succeed, it's rewarding to be recognized
for doing it," he said. "I've learned a lot and I've become more
visible, which has helped me make important connections with
students and professionals in my field."
Peer Mentoring in the Pathways Center
Getting Off to a Good Start in Health & STEM