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Alumni Mentor Program
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Khushali Patel

Major: Economics
Hometown: Mars, PA

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I had first learned about the Alumni Mentor Program during transfer student orientation when we had to attend the College of the Liberal Arts Dean's Welcome Meeting. There was a presentation from the staff at the Career Enrichment Network and it caught my attention. Later on in the semester I looked out for emails that contained more information about the Alumni Mentor Program that were regularly sent to students in the College of Liberal Arts. After that I just looked more into it and thought it was a great way to help me learn more about what I want to do after graduation.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

When I received my first email telling me who my mentor was, I immediately looked her up on LinkedIn because I was so excited to get in touch. My first meeting was via phone. We introduced ourselves and mostly talked about what it was like transferring to Penn State. We even connected on LinkedIn! My mentor was very great at giving not only professional but also life advice, which I really liked! She even offered to look at my resume and we soon scheduled another meeting to discuss it, along with what my career path would be, people I can get in touch with, and much more! My overall experience has been great. It's gratifying to know that I have someone who has succeeded professionally that I can count on to give me honest advice.

How did this experience impact you academically?

Academically, my mentor really showed me what working hard in school can really do! She has her MBA, which has always been a goal of mine. So talking to her I really learned how much work I will have to put in to get there someday, and I am looking forward to each minute of it.

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

My career goal is to go business school to get my MBA. My dream jobs include working as a financial consultant or a real estate agent. This experience affected my goals and plans because I always thought I would go to business school right after my undergrad. However, after talking to my mentor I learned that it's important to get real world experience in different fields before going to business school so you are able to get more out of it. My mentor works in Washington DC so she has many connections to professionals and in multiple careers and has offered to help me get in touch with them so I can continue to explore and discover my own career path.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

Absolutely! One of the hardest things in today's society is to find someone in the career you see yourself in, who is willing to take time out of their busy schedules to help you voluntarily. When given the opportunity, it's important to take full advantage because you will not only gain a resource to help you navigate school and the years after, but also someone who can give great advice when you need it.

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

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