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Liberal Arts Alumni Mentor Program
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Brian Aamoth

Major: Economics
Minor: French and History
Hometown: Oakton, VA

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I learned about the program through an email from the College of the Liberal Arts. I completed a short application and not much later, I was assigned a mentor. The process could not have been any easier.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

After I found out who my mentor was, I sent him a quick email just to say hello. He immediately replied, and said he was looking forward to working with me and helping me figure out what I would like to do career-wise. We then met at the Alumni Mentor Banquet at the Nittany Lion Inn, and he told me all about himself and how his career went in a direction he never thought it would. Since then, we've been in touch regularly, and he has given me advice on my resume and cover letters. He also gave me suggestions on where to look for internships and jobs.

How did this experience impact you academically?

For the most part, my mentor and I have just focused on the internship/job search. However, he mentioned that while academics are very important, experience and extra curricular activities are just as important, if not more so.

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

I’ve learned from talking to [my mentor] that your career can go in many different directions, so finding the absolute perfect job out of college isn’t a necessity.

I'm not 100% sure what I'd like to do yet, but after spending this past summer interning at the State Department, I know I would like to work for the government at some point. In the short term, I’m just focused on finding something that will give me solid experience in a field that I’m interested in. My mentor has worked for many different places, so he's been able to help me figure out what I would and would not like to do going forward. I’ve also learned from talking to him that your career can go in many different directions, so finding the absolute perfect job out of college isn’t a necessity.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

I would 100% recommend participating in the Liberal Arts Alumni Mentor Program; you have absolutely nothing to lose and potentially a whole lot to gain. It’s especially useful for us liberal arts students, as we often don’t have a set career path compared to an engineering or accounting major. The program is great because it puts you in touch with somebody who knows what you’re going through and can give you advice. At the end of the day, you can never have too many contacts, and your mentor could really help you figure out what you want to do or find the job you’re looking for.

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

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