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Liberal Arts Alumni Mentor Program
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Kaitlin Shartle

Major: CAS and SOC
Minor: Information Systems an Statistical Anaylsis
Hometown: Middletown, PA

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I heard about this experience through the Liberal Arts emails. Also I heard about this program through meeting with one of the Liberal Arts Staff  in the Career Enrichment Network.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

Through the Liberal Arts Alumni Mentor Program I have had the chance to connect with an alumni of the College of the Liberal Arts. My mentor lives near my hometown so I have the opportunity to meet with her over breaks. Usually over every break my mentor and I meet for lunch. There we discuss the new things that have been happening in my academic career as well as discussing my future. Through our meeting I also get to hear about what she does in her job. I also email her with any questions that I have regarding career pursuits including trying to find a job or revising my resume.

My experience in the mentor program has given me the opportunity to build my resume, make contacts and give me the tools I need to find a job after graduation.

How did this experience impact you academically?

My experience in the mentor program has given me the opportunity to build my resume, make contacts and give me the tools I need to find a job after graduation. Through my talks with my mentor I have the chance to learn more about the health communication field. These talks have made me realize for sure that I want to go into health communication. This has allowed me to pick specific classes for my major. This program has also given me the opportunity to have discussions about things other than my career. Having intelligent discussions have improved my communication skills too.

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

After graduation my plan is to find a job in the health communication field. My mentor is the Vice-President of Government Affairs at Independence Blue Cross. She has also had other positions in the same area. Her experience helps me try to find jobs that match my interest. She also has a lot of contacts to connect me with to help me find a job. Her experience in the health field gives me a more detailed look into the field. She also helps me try to meet my goals of finding a job by helping me with things like resume reviews.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

The Liberal Arts Alumni Mentor Program is a great experience that I suggest everyone in the College of the Liberal Arts do. It is a good chance to see what someone does in a career related to yours. It is also a good networking opportunity and gives you a chance to build skills you need for your future. Always having someone to talk to about your future is nice to have. It also makes you feel more comfortable in your future. Also this person is a graduate of Penn State so you can share your Penn State Experiences with each other.

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