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Mitchell Wootten

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'19 Political Science | Policy Specialist, Google | Austin, TX
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Mitchell Wootten

Liberal Arts Major: Political Science

Liberal Arts Minors: Business and the Liberal Arts and Economics

Hometown: Alexandria, VA

Current Location: Austin, TX

What enrichment activities did you participate in as a student?

As an undergrad, I was fortunate enough to complete three different internships while working on my degree. My favorite professional experience was definitely my legislative internship on Capitol Hill during the summer of 2017. I also thoroughly enjoyed participating in THON and various other philanthropic events through my fraternity.

What was your first job after graduating from Penn State?

My first job after graduation was working as an UberEats driver! After not being offered a job I loved during my senior year, I continued to apply during the following summer while driving for Uber. I would later go on to accept my current position with Google in September of 2019.

What was your favorite class and/or who was your favorite faculty member?

My favorite faculty member was Professor Adam Nye. I was lucky to have him as one of my first professors at Penn State in the fall of 2015. His approachability and dry sense of humor convinced me to sign up for his 400-level classes later when I became a senior.

How did your liberal arts education and skills prepare you for life after graduation?

As a political science major and economics minor, my liberal arts education gave me the analysis skills needed to be an effective leader and communicator in my life after graduation.

What networking advice would you share with current students?

I participated in networking events my senior year, as a means for growing my personal network to attempt to get my first job. I regret that I had not known the events were often open to all grades! Some additional advice that I often tell my younger brother Cory (Penn State Class of 2022), or any current student, would be to take advantage of Penn State's career resources.

What role have mentors played in your career progression?

Having a mentor is critical in career progression, because it is helpful to get advice from people with experience that is relevant to you. It is like having an older brother/sister in the workplace who will look out for you.

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