Information for Mentors

Why participate in LinkUp as a mentor?

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 and concerns. 

During the event you will be matched with students in three 15 minute rotations. 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. 

Arriving at LinkUp

It is suggested to park in Broadway Garage 

Check in on the First Floor of the Student Center

  • Receive your nametag and table assignment 

Network with other alumni in the Student Center Hearth 

  • Alumni Engagement will be on hand to welcome you and provide brief remarks

You will be shown to your networking tables by 5 p.m.

Enjoy snacks and a gourmet hot chocolate bar during the event

Make the Most of the Event

This is advertised as an informal event

  • Wear what you normally wear to work
  • Students are encouraged to dress in "smart casual" 

Have business cards, or your social media handles on hand 

The majority of the students in attendance will be majoring, or thinking of majoring, in the College of Arts & Sciences. Checkout our full list of departments

The event primarily targets undergraduate students 

  • However, a concurrent event will be occurring for graduate students
  • If we are going to pair you with graduate students, we will let you know in advance 

Conversation Starters

To help begin your networking rounds, consider the following prompts:

  • 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 go into conversations around professional pathways and journeys. Try and stay away from surface level conversation topics such as the weather, sports, or how the day has gone.