Four years ago, we launched a pro-bono project that mentored incoming international students as they matriculated to American institutions. We were working 60-hour weeks in management consulting, but somehow convinced our employer we could juggle our startup alongside a slew of strategy consulting cases. It wasn’t sustainable. So, we took a sabbatical to turn our side project into a full-time job.
On Tuesday, June 26th, 2018, we hosted our live webinar, “Mentor Collective Dialogues: Adult/Online Learners Share What They Really Need But Aren't Asking For.”
At long last, the conversation about adult and online learners–one Shearwater has strived to actively participate in–is starting to change. The needs of adult and online students are often underestimated, and many narratives circulating about this population assume these students come solely for the credits. Contrary to those assumptions, research shows socio-emotional support is crucial to their success as well, and institutions who recognize and address this will rise in prominence and student appreciation.
Today, we shine a spotlight on the mentor relationship between Charles and Melissa of Northeastern's College of Professional Studies.