Danielle Restaino

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Danielle Restaino


Political Science

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Nutley, NJ


Q: What are some of the thoughts you had going into the program?

When I entered the program, I wasn’t sure what to expect on how close the relationship would be between my mentor and me. I wasn’t sure of the level of formality between us or how I was supposed to go about participating properly. I wasn’t nervous though, because I was putting myself out there to have this experience.


Q: How has your mentoring experience benefitted your academic/professional life?

My mentor experience gave me a head start on job searches and what to do after graduation. I feel that a lot of students worry more about grades and their GPA, instead of focusing on what they are going to do after graduation. Through the mentor program, I’ve had the advantage of meeting people and preparing my professional future through networking opportunities.


Q: What would you say to students about why they should participate?

It really does give you a headstart on thinking about careers after graduation and how to get to where you want to go. It’s very much like having your own personal career advisor.


Q: What are your career goals and plans—and how has your mentorship influenced them?

I’m interested in law, politics, and public policy. I want to work in Washington D.C., and my mentor has provided me with a lot of advice as to how the world works today for lawyers. I’ve recently chosen to look for a job for about a year or so, based on advice from friends and my mentor in order to build my résumé and take time to make sure that law school is something I would like to do.

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