Q: What are some of the thoughts you had going into the program?
I am an English major with a plethora of passions but no clear or direct career path in mind. So I wondered (and worried) a lot about the matching process. For instance, what profession and work history would my mentor have and whether his/her interests and experiences would be compatible with mine? Would my mentor be able to help me narrow down my career interests and prospects?
Q: How has your mentoring experience benefitted your academic/professional life?
My mentor Ben has done an excellent job at encouraging me to look at my interests and career path options from different perspectives. With Ben’s help, I finally realized that a career in law is the right fit for me, particularly because it combines my various passions and talents. Also, there are a multitude of ways in which a law degree can be utilized, allowing for a lot of flexibility.
Q: What would you say to students about why they should participate?
I would encourage potential mentees to participate because it is always beneficial to gain different perspectives. Developing a relationship with someone who is currently in the workforce and who wants to help you succeed, will enable you to look at your goals and plans from different angles.
Q: What are your career goals and plans---and how has your mentorship influenced them?
My mentorship has led me to decide that I want to practice law. I’m interested in how it can be implemented in so many different types of jobs and careers and in different ways. From many of the lawyers I've talked to, one of the most useful pieces of information I've gleaned is that you can use law in different jobs at different stages of your life.