WHAT THE PROGRAM DOES
The Mentorship program began in 2018, as a new addition to our constantly growing organization. Our goal is that it will help our members grow as leaders and future health care professionals. The program is designed to help incoming underclassmen members of MESH navigate through their life at UCLA. Each member will be paired with a single mentor, an upperclassmen student that has been committed to MESH for at least one year. The mentor will provide guidance, advice, and support for the mentee, essentially assuming the role of a family member. The mentors and mentees will participate in a variety of social and professional activities, including leadership workshops and bonding events. All of these activities are designed to make our younger members feel more comfortable and more prepared for life as students at UCLA but also beyond.
WHY THE PROGRAM IS IMPORTANT
Being a part of the pre-health community at UCLA is difficult. Not only are students challenged academically through their classes, but they have to deal with the emotional stresses of being in a new and competitive environment. We firmly believe that as an organization catered to pre-health students, we should strive to provide them with the resources they need to be prepared for such challenges. The goal is that our mentors can provide advice in all aspects and help students adjust to college life.
The Mentorship program also strives to instill the social and leadership skills our members will employ in their future careers as health care professionals. By hosting bonding events, we want to encourage networking and forming personal connections. Through fun and interactive leadership workshops, we want our members to gain important team building and communication skills that will play an integral part in the everyday work of those in the ever-growing healthcare industry.
WHAT MEMBERS WILL GAIN BY COMMITTING TO IT
Our members will take part in the Mentorship program in addition to the other public health projects they will be involved in through MESH. Their commitment to this program will enhance their participation in these other projects by helping them feel more included and welcome to the MESH family. They will receive plenty of advice and guidance from their mentors and be given the opportunity to gain insight into life in MESH and at UCLA. Through the various activities of the program, we hope members will see a significant improvement in their interpersonal skills and their ability to lead. These skills are not only important for their future careers, but also play a role in day to day college life. Eventually, we want to see our young members become mentors for future generations, continuing a new tradition of family and unity within MESH.
ABOUT THE COORDINATOR
Position: Internal Development Chair
Year: 2nd Year
Short blurb: Serving the community with MESH has been one of the most humbling experiences in my life so far. Whether it’s educating service recipients at health fairs or inspiring kids at Venice Family Clinic, I’m always grateful to make an impact on patients’ lives (while working alongside pretty amazing people). Aside from healthcare and volunteer work, I love traveling, adventuring with friends, and playing with animals!