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Bobcat Bond Mentoring: Your Connection to Success

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Research suggests that students that engage in mentoring do well academically improving persistence, retention, and degree completion. Additionally, mentoring enhances a student's experience allowing for increased student involvement, connections to the campus community, as well as a positive effect in social integration. 

In support of mentoring best practices, Texas State University developed the Personalized Academic and Career Exploration (PACE) Center that includes a mentoring component for incoming, first-year freshmen students. However, there is an opportunity to support students transitioning into their second year, as well as incoming transfer students and continue to support through graduation. To support these student populations, the Retention Management and Planning office developed the Bobcat Bond Mentoring Program (Bobcat Bond) in 2012. 

The purpose of Bobcat Bond is to enhance the transition experience for second-year, continuing, and transfer students to achieve academic, professional, and personal success. 

Bobcat Bond empowers and engages second-year, continuing, and transfer students through resources and services that promote academic, professional, and personal development, leadership, and service. 

"As a first-generation woman, my family looks up to me for advice and guidance, but joining Bobcat Bond meant that I now had someone in my corner who I could look to for guidance, mentorship, and occasionally set me straight with some raw and honest advice." – Olimiche Vital, Finance Major
"I enjoy mentoring because of the genuine connection and impact that can be made between a mentor and mentee. I value their grit, tenacity, and willingness to share a piece of themselves with me as their mentor. I love keeping in contact with my mentees as they continuously take next steps in their lives." - Kimberly Duncan-Ashley, 2017 Staff Mentor of the Year, Assistant Director, Student Involvement
"As a graduate student coming from New York to San Marcos, the transition was rough. I was very unfamiliar with the culture in Texas furthermore the culture at Texas State. My mentor was welcoming and open to hearing me out, as well as providing me with support and care." - Sean Hembrick, Student Affairs in Higher Education Graduate Student, 2017 Graduate Mentee of the Year
"The joy of mentoring isn't just in what I can offer to my student; it is also what my student teaches me." - Keith Needham, 2017 Faculty Mentor of the Year, Senior Lecturer, Department of English
"I signed up for Bobcat Bond because I was a transfer student looking to gain a friend. I got paired with a graduate student who was involved at Texas State. He was the perfect match for me. A mentor is someone who sees more talent and ability within you, than you see in yourself, and helps bring it out of you." - Priscilla Recio, Political Science major, Women's Studies minor
"I was a transfer student from a community college. Although I was excited to attend TXST, I was overwhelmed with the huge campus and endless opportunities. Having a mentor made me feel welcomed and part of the community. My mentor helped me explore clubs, resources and events when I didn't know where to look. Things are better when you do things together!" - Abby Dickerson, Special Education Major

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Terence Parker

Associate Director

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Miguel Arellano Arriaga


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Joshua Skinner

Graduate Assistant

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