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Alumni Mentor Program
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Brenna Fisher

Major: Criminology and Sociology
Minor: Russian and Military Studies
Hometown: Manassas, VA

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I received an email about the Liberal Arts Alumni Mentor Program early my freshman year, through the Paterno Fellows Newsletter.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

The Alumni Mentor Program has been one of the best experiences I've had at Penn State. I have been able to work with different people who are professionals in my field, and explore different opportunities after graduation. I thought my major would be a one track field, but my mentors showed me that there are countless options to pursue once I finish at Penn State.

How did this experience impact you academically?

Academically, it encourages me to excel in my classes so I can be successful once I graduate. Seeing a professional in the field reminds me that there is a life after college, and the only way to get where I want is through working hard in my classes now.

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

Currently, I either want to go to law school or the police academy after graduation. My alumni mentors have been a lawyer and the chief of police of a local township--so its easy to see where they have impacted my career goals. When I came into college, I was dead set on working for the federal government, but after seeing what my mentors do, I changed my trajectory because I realized that I liked their jobs more!

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

I would recommend that every single Liberal Arts student participate in the alumni mentor program. It is an opportunity that allows you to network, learn about different fields, and get tips on how to succeed while you are at Penn State and beyond. The time commitment is really what you make of it, so you don't have to worry about adding something new to your schedule, although I encourage everyone to meet with their mentors as often as possible!

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