Academic Leadership: The Online Journal


James Rubin


College is a time of major transition for young adults. It presents a unique opportunity as decisions regarding a wide variety of options unfold for the first time without being under the guidance and eye of a guardian. Chosen paths offer a glimpse into the inner motivations behind one’s character and the interest that many students have shown for peer mentoring exemplifies traits of benevolence and leadership. In addition to providing peers with a positive role model, there are opportunities for mentors to expand on many interpersonal qualities that are important for success in a multitude of contexts. Integral to the potential of success for both mentors and mentees is the quality and organization of the training program and the specific methodology that helps generate the confidence and adeptness needed to interact skillfully with peers.