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Alumni Mentor Program
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Xiaohe Wang

Major: Psychology
Minor: LER
Hometown: Beijing

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I learned about the enrichment experience through several ways: emails, advisor, and posters.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

I applied for the Alumni Mentor Program when I was in my sophomore year. Getting into the program requires nothing more than showing your thoughts and of course, your own information and expectations. A week later I was introduced to my mentor and thus my valuable experience began. Basically, we contact with each other every week. To be honest, she is the best mentor that I could ever imagine. She not only gives me guidance as a mentor or as someone who is more experienced, but she also treats me like a friend.

How did this experience impact you academically?

With a clear goal, I am able to choose more relevant classes and fill my schedule with more important alternative options.

I had been thinking of having a minor but just couldn't figure out what to learn and what would be the best for my future career goals. After listening to my thoughts and based on what she knew about my background, we finally came up with a plan which suits me the best. With a clear goal, I am able to choose more relevant classes and fill my schedule with more important alternative options.

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

Originally, I felt like getting into HR or PR field for my later career. I actually know nothing about PR and haven't taken any courses related to it either. However, as for HR, I'm a psychology student and I'm doing the business option; thus, I have some basic knowledge about HR. After discussing these options, my mentor suggested that HR would be a better option for me. So during summer time, I went to Ketchum, a PR company, and I was admitted to HR & Admin group. This was definitely a win-win. This 3-month internship helped me to get a quite thorough understanding of both HR and PR and makes me aware that HR is more suitable for me.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

I would definitely recommend the Alumni Mentor Program to other students. We look for short cuts in every aspect of our life, and the mentor program could help you achieve your goal if the communication between you and your mentor is efficient and smooth.

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

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