Alumni and Friend Mentors

This is your chance to positively impact a student’s life. As an alumni or friend of the College of Arts & Sciences, you are in the best position to help students navigate the road ahead and answer some of their most pressing questions. 

Questions will range from how a student can connect their degree to the professional path they want to purse, to asking how you got started in your profession.

After the event, if mutually agreeable, you have the option to continue serving as a mentor and guide. 

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Mentor Event Schedule

  • 4:30 - 4:45 p.m. Check In 
  • 4:45 - 4:50 p.m. Welcome Remarks 
  • 4:50 - 5:00 p.m. Break
  • 5:00 - 5:55 p.m. Three Mentoring Rounds, 15 minutes each
  • 5:55 - 6:00 p.m. Closing

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Tips for Success

How to Prepare

  • This is an informal event. Students will be coming directly from class.
  • Wear what feels comfortable.
  • Bring business cards.
  • Share your social media handles.

Talking with Students

  • Students may come prepared with a 30-60 second elevator pitch and a short list of questions for you.
  • Some may bring copies of their resume for your feedback.
  • The majority of attending students will be majoring in the College of Arts & Sciences.
LinkUp targets undergraduate students 
  • A concurrent Graduate student mentoring event will be occurring.
  • We will let you know in advance if you are going to be paired with Graduate students.

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Arriving at LinkUp

Check-in on the 1st floor of the Student Center

  • Get your nametag and table assignment
  • Get your list of alumni mentors for the event 

Alumni Engagement and College of Arts & Sciences staff will be on hand to welcome you.

We ask that you be present by 4:45 p.m., if at all possible.

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Conversation Starters

Students may be nervous (you may be too). Use these prompts to start your networking rounds more smoothly:

  • Briefly share your personal and professional history
  • Share highlights of your SU and college experience 
  • What academic learning helped prepare you for work in the professional world?
  • Talk about how you juggle the demands of professional and personal life
  • Ask about the student's experience while at SU. What organizations/clubs were they a part of?
  • Ask about the student's tentative plans for their first job or expected first position following graduation
  • Talk about your favorite SU tradition or location on campus
  • What would you do in college if you could do it all over again?

The goal is to quickly move conversations into professional pathways and journeys.

As much as possible, avoid surface level conversation topics such as the weather.

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What Happens After LinkUp?

Coming Soon!

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Did We Miss Something?

Contact:

Tonja Brown

Internship & Mentorship Coordinator

College of Arts & Sciences

Casey 110, 206-296-6982