Ben Johnson

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Ben Johnson

Current Position:

Sr. Instructional Designer, Global Services, The Lubrizol Corporation


Q: What are some of the topics you talk about?

We try to stick to a once-a-week email exchange during which we “talk” about the daily life of the mentee, including those activities that contribute to professional development, courses, internships, jobs, and the prospects of each. Basically we talk about everything that concerns her at the moment.


Q: Do you find it difficult to find common ground due to a generation difference?

Even though I am closer in age to the parents of my mentee, I really never noticed an age barrier between us. The gap is less obvious to me, maybe because in my mind, my time at Penn State is not that far in the rear view mirror. It seems like I just left, even though it’s been 20 years. I was never worried about the relationship because I was very excited to be a resource.

Q: What motivated you to become a mentor?

I love this institution. PSU is a part of who I am. When I was an undergrad, I did not seek guidance, nor was it readily available. Today, I want to give someone some of the guidance that I perceive I did not have. If I can help in some small way, then it is all worth it. Besides, at present, I have three young children who are demanding most, if not all, of my financial resources, so what better way to give back to PSU than with time and effort?

Q: What is most fulfilling about your mentor/mentee relationship?

I was delighted when my first mentee received a job offer. I really enjoy seeing all the achievement along the way. It is great to see the kids work their way through challenges. These kids have so much going for them, I can’t wait to see where they go. There is no limit to what they can do.


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