Jen Picache

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Jen Picache

Major:

Economics

Semester Standing:
Junior

Hometown:
Fort Lee, NJ

 

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

I wanted a mentor I could rely on not just for college, but also to build a relationship that follows through college. Someone who can traverse between personal and professional topics and reach a stage of more of a friendship, as opposed to a strictly professional interaction.

 

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

I feel it has made me a better student. My grades have improved. The direction and motivation Betsy (my mentor) put forth in the beginning when we laid out goals helped me to improve not only as a student, but also as a future employee.

She always has quick responses and offers suggestions for improvement, which is very helpful. She doesn’t give me generic advice, and since we’ve gotten to know each other well, she tailors her suggestions to my personality.

 

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

The mentor program can help you develop yourself. When you have someone supporting you and guiding your career choices in this context, it can give you strength to overcome problems and provide a networking aspect, as well as support both academically and professionally.

 

 

 

 

 

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

I want to work on Wall Street as a financial analyst, particularly for Goldman Sachs. At times, I’ve doubted myself during school, and I wondered if I was strong contender for such a career. My mentor has reinforced my belief in my ability to achieve this particular goal. Her recommendations, advice, and positivity have helped buoy my self-esteem in these matters.

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