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Liberal Arts Alumni Mentor Program
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Kristin Goett

Major: Public Relations, Spanish
Hometown: South Salem, NY

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I learned about this opportunity from a College of the Liberal Arts email at the start of my sophomore year (2014). Don't ignore the emails from the College of the Liberal Arts... you never know the opportunities within!

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

I first got to know my mentor from a few phone calls. He came up to Penn State for a weekend and we were able to connect in person over lunch, where we talked about potential goals for me in my upcoming year as a junior (2015-16). He helped me think outside of the box and aim high, something I had neglected to do as a new Public Relations major. Then, this past summer, I was able to attend a Pittsburgh Pirates game where I shadowed in the Public Relations department of the Pirates for a home game. It was an amazing experience; I even got to sit in the President's Suite with my mentor for part of the game. This experience opened my eyes to all of the different avenues my majors can take me, as well as reassured me that my majors will never result in a "boring" office job!

How did this experience impact you academically?

My mentor has always encouraged me to make academics my first priority, but to remember that interpersonal skills and real-life experience are often just as valuable as what I learn in the classroom. My mentor has taught me to take everything I learn in the classroom and try to find its application in my field of sports public relations. With this perspective, I am more motivated in my classes because I have learned how to apply my learning in a more effective way.

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

My career goals and plans are to work for a sports related company in its public relations department. This summer, I will be interning in the Team USA division of DICK'S Sporting Goods in Pittsburgh, a position that was brought to my attention thanks to my mentor and his network. My mentor has been an integral part in helping me secure this internship and to consider pursuing a career in the sports industry. Before this mentorship, I viewed the sports industry as needing to pertain to a specific team or organization, but my mentor has taught me to think deeper and pursue other fulfilling positions like my internship with DICK'S Sporting Goods.

The Liberal Arts Alumni Mentor Program has been the single most influential experience that I have had during my career at Penn State.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

The Liberal Arts Alumni Mentor Program has been the single most influential experience that I have had during my career at Penn State. Heading into my senior year, I can confidently say that I would not have the opportunities I do if I did not take that first step and apply for an alumni mentor. I look forward to continuing my professional relationship with my mentor post-graduation as well. It is truly a special bond and one I very much value in my professional career.

For more information on the Liberal Arts Alumni Mentor Program, visit our website.
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