Liberal Arts Alumni Mentor Program
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Sonja Rossi

Major: Anthropology
Minor: World Literature
Hometown: Saint Clair, PA

How did you learn about this opportunity?

An adviser at the Penn State Wilkes-Barre Campus, which I attended for two years, and my adviser here at University park both introduced me to the Liberal Arts Alumni Mentor Program.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

My experience with the mentor program has been amazing. I love my mentor; she is so helpful and supportive. Honestly, getting involved with the mentor program and meeting Laurie has been one of the best experiences of my college career.

How did this experience impact you academically?

Laurie helped me make the final decision to attend the archeology school last summer as well has acting as a sounding board for various class selections and decisions regarding my minor selection.

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

Before I started the mentor program with Laurie, I was unsure what I wanted to do with my degree or even what I could do with my degree. Laurie has been able to guide me, introduce me to potential careers, and encourage me to gain experience in the years to come. From my interactions with my mentor I have gained a heightened confidence in my future plans and hope to work somewhere in the museum field.

I would recommend this experience again and again.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

I would recommend this experience again and again. Working with a mentor helps you look past the romantic ideal and see what a career in any give field actually looks like. Knowing this, one can make a decision on a future career path based in facts and third party experience instead of hearsay. Also, a mentor is able to offer their experience in terms of guiding a student to achieve their goals.

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