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Success Story Q&A – Godoy and students

Interview with Mentor Marlene Godoy, D.D.S. ’76

  1. Bio Sci: What made you decide to become a mentor in the Bio Sci Mentor Program, and how long have you been involved?
    Since its inception, I have been involved with the Program. Being a Bio Sci alumna, I understand the need for Bio Sci undergraduates to be exposed to and in contact with individuals/professionals in various fields of health sciences, research and business/industry where the students may have interests created by their Bio Sci education and the ultimate degree. Having expressed interest in the development of the Mentor Program, I felt a critical need to support it by being a mentor.
  2. Bio Sci: What has been the most enjoyable/rewarding aspect of being a mentor?
    Participating in the development and educational experience of curious and enthusiastic students. Positively supporting and channeling the students in a forward direction to fulfill their personal, educational and career goals.
  3. Bio Sci: Tell us one of your favorite Mentor Program memories/experiences.
    I enjoy all my meetings and conversations with my mentees. My favorite experience to date was listening to a speech given by one of my mentees at an end-of-year reception. My mentee expressed the positive influence I had on her UCI experience and the importance I had emphasized on the journey and not the destination when travelling through the college experience.
  4. Bio Sci: What would you tell other Bio Sci alumni and community professionals who are thinking about becoming a mentor?
    When speaking to other Bio Sci alumni, to spark their participating in the Program, I remind them of what was available when we were students. How it would have been invaluable to bounce things off a person who had already been through the Bio Sci program and the process of higher education with all the ups and downs experienced by undergraduates. Having someone available to say “stay the course, all will be well” in the end would have been reassuring. It’s the journey, not necessarily the destination and with feedback and guidance the destination is attainable. Being a mentor is a very rewarding experience; it enables the mentor to view the world and current higher education through younger, enthusiastic hearts and minds. It affects the mentor’s personal development, as well as their mentees.
  5. Bio Sci: What advice would you give Bio Sci students that may be interested in the program?
    My advice is to sign up! Individually it would be very difficult to have exposure and availability to interact with the variety of professionals in so many diverse fields. Although a student is assigned a particular mentor, it does not bar them from interacting with any other mentor in the program. It is a wonderful experience that should not be passed up!

Interview with Student Jaclyn Barrera

  1. Bio Sci: What made you decide to sign up for the Bio Sci Mentor Program?
    After spending the majority of my freshman year adapting to all of the changes associated with moving away from home for college, I was determined to become more involved in different school activities during my second year at UCI. I knew dentistry was the field that I wanted to pursue a career in; however, I didn’t have anyone to offer advice, support, and guidance based on their first-hand experiences in the field. This program offered a great opportunity to fill that void.
  2. Bio Sci: How has the Mentor Program influenced or helped you?
    Because of all the benefits I’ve experienced through building a strong relationship with my mentor, this program has influenced me to become a mentor to someone who is seeking the guidance I once needed. Thus, I decided to join the Anteater Mentorship Program (AMP) in which I am able to help ease the transition into college for incoming freshman by providing them with encouragement, guidance, and most importantly, friendship.
  3. Bio Sci: What has been the most enjoyable aspect of being in the Mentor Program?
    The most enjoyable part of being in the Mentor Program is being able to build a strong relationship with my mentor. Over the past year and half that I’ve known her, she’s been an amazing role model and confidant. She’s shared her educational, professional, and personal experiences that have taught me lessons I will carry throughout my life.
  4. Bio Sci: What would you tell other students who are thinking about signing up for the Mentor Program?
    I would highly encourage other students to join the program. Even if you don’t know what field you want to pursue, this is a great opportunity to expand your horizons and learn about all of the options available to you! And for those that know the career path they want to follow, take advantage of this chance to gain knowledge and support from people who have first-hand experience.
  5. Bio Sci: Is there anything you would like to say to alumni and community professionals who are thinking about becoming mentors?
    I would also highly encourage alumni (and community professionals) to become mentors. This is a great opportunity to educate the future by sharing the knowledge you have gained since being a student at UCI.

Interview with Student Tandis Soltani

  1. Bio Sci: What made you decide to sign up for the Bio Sci Mentor Program?
    Coming in as a freshman, I needed someone to give me guidance and show me the way at times. Now that my first year at UCI is almost over, I am thankful for all the help Dr. Godoy has given me. Her advice has helped me get through this year. I know that in the next years, as I come across new experiences, she will help me rise above the challenges.
  2. Bio Sci: How has the Mentor Program influenced or helped you?
    Dr. Godoy is always there when I need someone to converse with regarding school or even life in general. She provides insightful advice and helps me find my way when I feel completely lost.
  3. Bio Sci: What has been the most enjoyable aspect of being in the Mentor Program?
    A conversation with Dr. Godoy brightens my day.
  4. Bio Sci: What would you tell other students who are thinking about signing up for the Mentor Program?
    Every day is a new experience and you never know when you are going to come across a problem that you cannot solve. You need someone who’s been through it all to hold your hand at times. So go ahead and sign up!
  5. Bio Sci: Is there anything you would like to say to alumni and community professionals who are thinking about becoming mentors?
    We need your help to make our college experience richer. Become a mentor and you will surely make a difference in someone’s world.

Interview with Student Tiffany Tu

  1. Bio Sci: What made you decide to sign up for the Bio Sci Mentor Program?
    I saw the email the Bio Sci department sent out and I thought it would be a good opportunity to learn from someone who has “been there, done that.” Often it’s difficult for undergrads to network, especially with health care professionals but the Bio Sci Mentor program does a good job of bringing in wide variety of people (inside and outside the health care industry) and making them more accessible to students.
  2. Bio Sci: How has the Mentor Program influenced or helped you?
    I’ve really learned a lot from my mentor. Since Dr. Godoy has retired, I don’t “shadow” her, but I’ve learned so much more from her attitude and how she approaches life. No matter what her situation, she always tries to make the best of it. She also motivates me to do well by believing in my capabilities (instead of pointing out all the things that could go wrong), and inspires me to have a positive outlook and be proactive.
  3. Bio Sci: What has been the most enjoyable aspect of being in the Mentor Program?
    In addition to being able to spend time with Dr. Godoy, I’ve really enjoyed the student-student interactions that have resulted. Last year, when I was looking for a research position, Dr. Godoy pointed me to one of her mentees, who was very eager and helpful in answering all my questions. This year, one of Dr. Godoy’s new mentees is a freshman, so I was glad I had the opportunity to help welcome her to UCI, answer her questions, and fittingly–help answer questions as she looks for a research position.
  4. Bio Sci: What would you tell other students who are thinking about signing up for the Mentor Program?
    It is definitely worth it because you can learn a lot from them (and have lots of fun while you’re at it!). The Mentor Program is also an excellent opportunity to build relationships with members of the scientific community.
  5. Bio Sci: Is there anything you’d like to say to alumni and community professionals who are thinking about becoming mentors?
    I really appreciate all those who volunteer their time for this program. It is really helpful to us as students to have someone there to guide us along our undergraduate career. Your experiences are invaluable to us and I strongly recommend you to become a mentor if you are interested.