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Liberal Arts Alumni Mentor Program
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Patrick Burke

Major: Criminology
Hometown: Branchburg, NJ

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I learned about the Liberal Arts Alumni Mentor Program in the fall semester of my Junior Year. I was in an academic advising meeting for my major and was talking with my advisor about different ways I could better prepare myself for success after graduation. My advisor told me about the program, how I could benefit from it, and where I could find more information on how to apply.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

I have had such a great experience being a part of the Liberal Arts Alumni Mentor Program. My mentor is extremely supportive and takes the time to talk with me about his experiences and how I can make the most of my time at Penn State before I graduate. The mentor program has given me an incredible opportunity to gain valuable experience working with and learning from my mentor in addition to having the opportunity to make additional connections in my career field of interest through my mentor. This experience has allowed me to grow personally, professionally, and academically.

"The mentor program has given me an incredible opportunity to gain valuable experience working with and learning from my mentor..."

How did this experience impact you academically?

My mentor has been extremely supportive and has pushed me to grow academically. He's given me great tips on different resources that he used while he was an undergraduate student at Penn State and how I could benefit from the same resources. My mentor's advice and guidance has had an extremely positive impact on my academic growth over the past year.

What are your career goals and plans?  How did this experience impact them?

I plan on pursuing a career in federal law enforcement after graduating Penn State this spring. My mentor has helped connect me to professional contacts in various areas of federal law enforcement in addition to helping me put together my professional "game-plan" on how I can achieve my career goals.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

I would absolutely recommend that Liberal Arts students apply for the Alumni Mentor Program. Being a part of this program has given me the tools I need to be successful academically, personally, and professionally. Being a part of the Liberal Arts Alumni Mentor Program is as valuable as it is enjoyable. 

For more information on the Liberal Arts Alumni Mentor Program, visit our website.
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