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I cherish my involvement in the AALANA Mentor Program. In addition to helping students transition to college, the program also highly values and celebrates diversity. I have a great mentor who has helped me throughout the academic year. I was able to network and connect with other freshmen and upperclassmen. It is important for me to learn about, and understand, diversity-related concepts because as a Music Industry major, I need to be able to work well in different environments with people who have varied personalities and preferences. I feel this program has helped me immensely thus far and it will continue to do so over the years. I look forward to returning next fall as a mentor.
The Community Get-Together – Movie Night was my most memorable event. The mentors worked very hard to make the event a success. The turnout was great and everyone who attended the event spoke very highly of it. The Harry Potter Dodge Ball Tournament was also another event that I very much enjoyed. It was great to see the participation of both AALANA and non-AALANA students at this event. Next semester I will serve as a mentor. I look forward to making a difference in the lives of incoming freshmen.
I love the AALANA Mentor Program because the program helps many students transition to college life. A memorable experience I had with the program was during the AALANA Spend the Night activity. A few of my friends and I volunteered to host high school students for a night. We got to know each other and shared our experiences
My experience as an AALANA mentee inspired me to become an AALANA mentor. The students I met throughout the school year turned out to be great people. I enjoyed the laughs, the jokes, and of course the food. However, nothing beats meeting and working with a new person – who could be someone I have influenced, or even better, someone who influenced me to become a successful AALANA student. I enjoyed my time here at SUNY Oneonta and I chose to do more for AALANA Mentor Program by joining the advisory committee. My memorable moment, was awkward yet a character-building experience. I volunteered to cook for AALANA Community Get-Together - Movie Night and I had to work with another mentor. There was a moment we clashed and stepped on each others’ toes, but the event itself was a great success. This experience taught me to be more patient with others. I learned that there will be times when others’ ideas will clash with mine, but by listening keenly and valuing other opinions, there can be common understanding and things can work smoothly and effectively. For the rest of the year this mentor was not just another person I worked with – but a true friend I can depend/count on.
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