A Message to Parents from Mentorship
Many parents are enthusiastic about their student's acceptance into the University of Michigan and want the best for them! Often parents see the bigger picture about student success and emphasize the importance of making connections at such a large institution. We love to speak with parents about their student's interests and on many occasions have had the privilege of meeting parents and students when they visit the University.
Because we are a program that relies on volunteer mentors and are only able to select a percentage of students from the incoming class, it is imperative for parents to allow their students to complete an application on his or her own. If a student does not want to participate in the program and a parent fills out an application for him/her, and then the student does not attend any Mentorship events or communicate with the assigned group, our mentors (and other entering students) miss out on a valuable opportunity to participate fully in the program.
We understand that students must make their own choices in college and allow them the space to make the difficult, rewarding and necessary decisions about their extracurricular and academic life.
Mentorship is invested in creating a positive, engaging community for students with involved mentors and mentees.
For this reason, we encourage parents to tell their students about Mentorship but would like students to make their own decision about whether to participate. We anticipate hearing students' actual voices in their application; this is the core of our acceptance criteria. As such, our choices for accepting students are not made based on prior grades, test scores or perceived level of success in high school, but in the student's ability to articulate their interest in the program and desire for mentoring. For more information about our matching criteria, please read our FAQs.
When we can learn about a student's personality and interests, we can make better matches and ensure our program's success. Please do your student a service by allowing him or her to complete her own application.
Thank you for your interst in Mentorship!
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