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Alumni Mentor Program
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Matthew Harvey

Major: History and Broadcast Journalism
Minor: None
Hometown: Doylestown, PA

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I learned about it from a Career Enrichment Network email that was sent to College of the Liberal Arts students. I looked more into the Liberal Arts Alumni Mentor Program online and appeared to be a great way to meet someone in the profession I'm interested in entering upon graduation.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

I emailed the advisor expressing my interest in the program. I then filled out an application to be a part of the program and was accepted into it. The next couple of months, my advisor looked for an alumni in my field of interest for me to be paired with. 

How did this experience impact you academically?

Academically, my mentor motivated me to work even harder in the classes that are shaped around my Broadcast Journalism major. It impacted me more around my extracurricular activities. I am now getting involved with school newspapers, online blogs, radio shows, and even television programs. All of these things were recommended by my mentor to acquire experience in journalism before graduating. I look forward to being heavily involved with them during my upcoming junior year.

I now have a great resource to help me navigate school and the real world, and who can give me great advice when I need it.

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

My career goal is to enter the broadcast journalism field, specifically the sports industry. My dream jobs include being a sports reporter, analyst, journalist, anchor, or any type of commentator at sporting events. This experience impacted my plans greatly. I met with my mentor and through him talking about his experience in broadcasting, I learned an incredible amount that will help me immensely in my search for a career. My mentor works for the National Football League, so it was extremely interesting and informational for me to work with him! I now have a great resource to help me navigate school and the real world, and who can give me great advice when I need it.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

Yes, absolutely. It is not this easy to have someone in a field of your desired profession actually reach out to help you voluntarily. This is something that other people have to work hard for. My advice is to take full advantage of this program while you have the opportunity.

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