M & Ms: A Great Energy Boost
Abstract: For graduate students, mentoring can be an additional support on their educational journey. Often, when graduate students from diverse backgrounds converge on a university campus knowing little about others and sometimes themselves, that situation can add additional stress to their graduate program. The importance of having positive interactions and conversations with someone (a faculty member) who can create a safe space, a place where the student can ask questions and not feel dumb, get clarification and sometime just having someone to listen, is key. This presentation seeks to demonstrate how M & Ms are a matter of survival and a great energy boost.