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Liberal Arts Alumni Mentor Program
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Andrew Powell

Major: Neuropsychology
Hometown: Severna Park, MD

How did you learn about this opportunity?

One of my fraternity brothers talked to me about his experience with the Liberal Arts Alumni Mentor program, and raved about how his academic experience benefited from having a mentor to lean on. Our goals were similar, and I felt that I should be utilizing the fantastic Alumni Network that Penn State offers.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

Once I was paired with Linda, we discussed what each of our goals were from this partnership. We had weekly phone calls and talked about leadership skills, resume building, and even explored potential internships. We would email back and forth frequently between calls, specifically when I had upcoming interviews and needed tips. It has been a year since I was paired with Linda, and we still frequently talk about what my updated goals are, how confident I feel in these goals, as well as planning for upcoming career fairs and planning ahead so I ask the right questions and talk to the right employers that fit my future plans.

How did this experience impact you academically?

The Alumni Mentor Program helped with time management, course planning, as well as instilling personal confidence in approaching people and asking the right questions. Being able to talk to an alumni that understands your career plans and the steps that are needed to meet these goals was extremely helpful in making sure my academic career was headed in the right direction.

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

After completing my Undergrad at Penn State, I plan on pursuing a career as a Physician's Assistant. Linda has provided me with PA textbook excerpts so I can explore which PA discipline I would be most interested in pursuing. By giving me a more clear picture, I was able to get an idea of what kind of internships and classes I needed to look at and complete in order to succeed in my career plans.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

Without this program, I would be lost in what I needed to accomplish in order to begin my career after Penn State.

Absolutely, the Mentor program that the college of Liberal Arts offers is the best way to begin networking and meeting people that have pursued similar goals and careers that we as undergrads are interested in. Without this program, I would be lost in what I needed to accomplish in order to begin my career after Penn State. My mentor and I have created a strong, professional relationship that I know I will be able to utilize even after my undergrad years.

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

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