In celebration of National Mentoring Month, UA Little Rock is highlighting mentors who are making a difference in the lives of students at UA Little Rock.
Corrigan Revels, a native of the Waldo/Magnolia area, serves as assistant director for student leadership and development at UA Little Rock.
Why did you choose to become a mentor?
Mentorship played a big impact in my life when I was an undergrad student. I have always wanted to continue supporting others. A positive mentorship connection can make a lifelong impact in people’s lives.
What is your opinion on the importance of having a mentor in college?
The importance of having a mentor in college can make a difference within career, academic, and life choices. Work-life balance can be difficult, but having a peer mentor or professor as a part of their support system can help students persevere.
What do you enjoy most about mentorship?
What I enjoy the most is realizing my personal growth and seeing my mentees reach their potential. I’ve always learned more about myself during moments of reflection with my mentees and that helps me grow as well.
What is hardest about it?
Accepting that you can’t be everything for your mentees and knowing when to step back, to allow them to make the best decision for themselves.
How would you describe your personal mentoring style?
My style is very laid back. I like to know as much as I can about my mentees and allow them to show/tell me what is needed. I’ve learned that there’s a time for advice, a time for bonding, and a time for reflection within mentorship.
What leaders do you look up to for inspiration?
I really appreciate individuals who use their platform to help others and those who stay true to themselves. Some that come to mind is Charles D. King (Founder of Macro Films), Robert Carter (my grandfather), Thomas Sankara (Former President of Burkina Faso), and Cynthia Carter (my mom).
Is there anything you would like to add or advice for future mentors?
For future mentors, always remember that it’s not about you. You’re there for the mentee, the mentee is not there for you.