Eboni Blenman is a current New York University Law student. With her graduation in sight for 2017, she reflects on some helpful lessons that have guided her through her time in the program. Although Eboni was an undergraduate alumni of Howard University with post-grad experience in teaching, she never had a real mentor. As a scholarship student at NYU, it became required of her to be paired with someone to assist in her academic journey. She overcame some feelings of angst at the idea of gaining a mentor and began to embrace and utilize the opportunity to the fullest extent. Her mentor-mentee relationships have grown to be genuine and valuable. Eboni shares a few tips of how to make the most out of a mentor experience.
Be truthful in your mentor communications.
Contracts for Eboni were a challenge. Upon confessing her struggle in this area, her mentor was able to provide her with tools that provided help. However, it took several times of her mentor asking before EBoni decided to open up. Be honest and allow the mentors to do their best to guide you to success.
Don’t back down from new opportunities.
Another one of Eboni’s mentors invited her to meet his supervisor. Attending the meeting resulted in a new career opportunity for Eboni. She obtained a job as a campus representative for a top bar review preparation company known as BARBRI. Once again, she was initially hesitant to attend this meeting but decided to step outside of her comfort zone and trust the wisdom of her mentor.
Dedicate time to interact with your mentor.
As a law student, time management is key. With the proper planning, one will realize that there is no need to feel that enjoyable outings can’t happen. Look to your mentor to engage in career related activities and social activities. Eboni has done both with her mentors and recommends other students do the same. The more you interact, the more opportunity you have to know this person on a greater level. In addition to broadening your career network, you may make a new friend.
For NYU specifically, there are several groups that provide the chance to work with a mentor. Some organizations include BALSA, Law Women, and the Christian Legal Fellowship. Be sure to look into groups like these on campus to delve into the benefits of mentorship.