Want to change your life? Find a college mentorIn a recent study, researchers examined the effects of mentoring relationships that students forged in early adulthood on their later academic, vocational, and psychosocial well-being at midlife.
The Big Picture:
A large-scale national suggest that mentoring relationships can exert lasting influence on college students’ developmental trajectories:
- Compared to their unmentored counterparts, adults (ages 33 to 42) who had a natural mentor during adolescence or emerging adulthood reported
- higher educational attainment
- more time spent volunteering, and
- more close friends, after controlling for a range of confounding factors.
- These effects were even stronger when the mentor was someone outside the inner circle of family and friends (e.g. college professors, employers).
Why This Matters to You:
The mentoring relationships that you forge in college can exert lasting influence on your life. It’s time to reach out–join a lab, get involved in campus groups, forge a tie with your employer–because the mentors you meet can change your life.