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Liberal Arts Alumni Mentor Program
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Lindsey Hannon

Major: Political Science & History
Minor: N/A
Hometown: Springville, New York

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I learned about the Liberal Arts Alumni Mentor Program through the College of the Liberal Arts Newswire emails. A few of my friends were also involved in the program and they seemed to really like it. I decided to apply during the second semester of my junior year and it has been one of the best decisions I have ever made!

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

The Alumni Mentor Program is by far one of the best things that the College of the Liberal Arts has to offer. My mentor has been a great resource. I have built a bond that I hope continues well after graduation. My goals changed over my time in the mentor program but my mentor was able to adjust and always had more networking connections that she could offer me. This mentor program allowed me to focus on what type of career after college I would want to pursue. This program also allowed me to set aside time every week where I could focus on what my life would be like after Penn State. From receiving advice, working on interview questions and learning how to highlight my strengths in my work, this program taught me so much. I always look forward to our weekly conversations and I am so thankful that the College of the Liberal Arts has a program such as this to connect current students with distinguished alumni.

How did this experience impact you academically?

My mentor always took an active interest in what papers I was working on and encouraged me to share different ideas with her. Last semester in PLSC 409 Democratic Deliberation, I was working on a paper that involved how the Affordable Care Act was deliberated upon in Congress. My mentor actually currently works with some of the people that were directly involved with the legislation and she had some valuable insight as to how I should proceed with my paper. My mentor always went above and beyond what I expected from this program. For her to take an active interest in my academics meant a lot.

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

One of the goals I had going into my mentorship was to have a job offer by Christmas. Through this program, I have really been able to focus on my strengths and what I want to do after graduation. My mentor gave incredible insightful advice and I am proud to say that I have recently accepted a full time offer from GEICO through their Management Development Program in Fredricksburg, Virginia.

We are a great networking community and I encourage everyone to take advantage of this amazing resource.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

Penn State has so many amazing and talented alumni. We are a great networking community and I encourage everyone to take advantage of this amazing resource. I know that I have gained a life long mentor. I hope one day be as successful and hardworking as my mentor so that I can mentor future students myself.

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