This week’s Tuesday with Tulsa comes to us from Tendai D. Tendai graduated in May with a degree in Biology. She is from Edmond, Okla., and wrote this blog as a junior to encourage students to get involved with LINC.
I remember the summer before my freshman year at TU. I was terrified and excited to finally start college. I didn’t know about all of the opportunities that TU had to offer its students, but then I received a brochure in the mail about LINC. LINC stands for Leaders Incorporated. It is a student organization that is part of the Multicultural Student Programs group. It pairs an older student (a mentor) with a younger student (a mentee) who is part of a minority student group. This sounded perfect!
As a mentee, I was able to transition easier into The University of Tulsa community. Starting college off was a lot easier when I had someone I could go to for any questions or concerns that I had. My mentor was not only there to answer my questions, but she also helped me get involved around campus, connected me with the minority and multicultural sides of campus, and introduced me to the city of Tulsa as a whole. She became someone I could call when I just wanted to have a bit of fun, and LINC provided for some awesome events. There was a retreat that brought mentors and mentees together, volunteer opportunities and even an evening spent at Tulsa’s premier indoor trampoline park—Skyzone!
Being a mentor this past year has been a wonderful experience. All I wanted was to be able to give my mentee the same experience that my mentor gave me. Not only have my leadership skills grown, but the relationship that I have with my mentee has allowed me to become a more successful student. Having someone look up to you is not only empowering, but also humbling! I not only keep my mentee accountable, but she keeps me accountable, as well. The LINC program has been wonderful both as a mentor and as a mentee. I gained friends from all across campus, and I’ve learned more about TU, Tulsa, and myself.