Reid Zura (He/Him/His)
Reid is a third year majoring in Public Relations. He is a member of PRSSA and Falcon Communications. He and his firm create content for Off-Campus Student Services social media accounts. He has also completed an internship with Cracker Barrell Cooperate Office working with their public relations and marketing department.
Being a commuter offers a unique experience for college students. The best part of being a commuter student is the fact you get to go back to your home everyday. Instead of feeling like you're constantly at school, commuter students have the opportunity to step aside and "go home." A tip for commuter students is to not be discouraged by having the ability to leave campus at the end of the day. They are just as much of BGSU students as those who live on-campus, so my advice would be to get involved in just as much as they would. Getting involved in organizations is a great way to meet new people, gain new experiences, and seek unknown opportunities.
Reid was a Commuter Mentor the first year of the Commuter Mentor program and has just been selected to return as a Commuter Mentor again for the Fall 2020 semester!
Why did you participate in the commuter mentor program?
I felt the mentor program was a great way to fill a hole I felt was missing when I was a first-year student. I had wished this opportunity was available, so being able to fulfill the duty I wished existed for me was something I was more than happy to do.
How has the commuter mentor-ship impacted your experience at BGSU?
This mentor-ship has changed my perspective of the off-campus community here at BGSU. Being a mentor has opened me to the lives of various off-campus students attending the university, and I have realized that everyone is different and has their own unique past, present, and future plans. I have learned how to respect that and understand how to adapt in ways that will be most beneficial to them.
What was the most rewarding aspect of being a commuter mentor?
The most rewarding aspect of being a mentor was seeing results and hearing that I had helped my mentee(s). At our last meeting of the semester, they expressed to me how grateful they were to have my help for their first weeks at BG, and they asked if we could continue into the spring. Hearing this was extremely rewarding because it meant the program worked, and I was able to lend a helping hand to these students-- something I was happy to do.