mbk_mentee_lunchAs an incoming freshman it can be difficult to navigate your way through your new college or university campus. You can feel lost, confused and overwhelmed by a number of things.

If you’re coming down with a bad case of the freshman blues my best piece of advice to you is; branch out, cling on and find a good mentor.

According to the National Mentoring Partnership 1 out of 3 young people will grow up without a mentor. They also found that young adults at-risk of falling off track were 55 percent more likely to enroll in college, 78 percent more likely to volunteer regularly, 90 percent more interested in becoming a mentor and 130 percent more likely to hold leadership positions by having a mentor.

5Mentors Teach From Experience

(from left to right) Sheba Turk, morning news co-anchor for WWL Channel 4, her mentor broadcast journalist and founder of Starfish Foundation Soledad O’Brien, and her mentee Tassion Lott-Minor, a rising junior at Dillard University.

When a mentor passes along knowledge it is usually because they have lived through the learning moment. Sheba Turk, co-anchor for the Eyewitness Morning News at channel 4 WWL New Orleans said she loves being a mentor because she’s able to pass down what she’s learned and make the journey easier for someone else.

Troy Vaughn, a rising senior at Bethune Cookman University said he loves having mentors because he’s able to follow in theirs footsteps and have the blueprint that will hopefully make him just as successful as they are.