Liberal Arts Alumni Mentor Program
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Meghan Stouter

Paterno Fellow
Major: Labor and Employment Relations, Sociology
Minor: Spanish
Hometown: Emmitsburg, MD

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I continuously saw flyers for the Liberal Arts Alumni Mentor Program around campus, and it also appeared in the Liberal Arts Weekly Newswire sent to my email every week. After seeing it so many times, I decided to apply.

This program requires just a quick application, and you earn a network connection for life. I am so glad to be a part of it.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

Being a part of this program has been extremely rewarding thus far. I applied for the program before entering my junior year and when first meeting my mentor, I could tell how much time the program puts into matching students and alumni. My mentor, Lynn,  truly is the perfect match for me. I am interested in Human Resources and consulting work, and Lynn owns her own consulting firm. We are interested in the same things and she has been able to help me with my professional development quite a bit over these past two years. We speak at least once a month via phone, but we also send occasional emails and text messages for little things. Not only does Lynn help assist with my professional development, but I know she truly and genuinely cares about me as a person. We always discuss things like my resume, job applications, and the sort, but she always asks me about my family and my life on campus, and I think that is really awesome. This program requires just a quick application, and you earn a network connection for life. I am so glad to be a part of it.

How did this experience impact you academically?

I would say being a part of the Alumni Mentor Program has a larger impact on professional development rather than academics, but Lynn still does help me academically. I always ask for her advice when scheduling classes because I explain to her what type of Human Resources I am interested in, and she suggests courses I could take to learn more about these areas. Additionally, she is able to give such great advice when it comes to being a student; after all, she graduated from here too. She has provided me tips for time management and how to handle stress. 

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

I am pursuing a career in Human Resources and/or Consulting. I became increasingly interested in consulting the more I learned about it through my conversations with Lynn, and this summer, I will be interning with EY as a People Advisory Services Intern. I cannot wait to start this experience and share my stories with Lynn. I can confidently say that without Lynn's help with resume review, cover letters, and LinkedIn suggestions, I would not have obtained such a great internship. She is always very honest with me about these things, because she truly does want me to succeed. She has a lot of experience in the field and loves sharing her insight with me. I take all of her suggestions in order to improve myself professionally.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

I would absolutely recommend the mentor program to other Liberal Arts students. To be honest, it makes logical sense to apply; what have you got to lose? It is such a quick application and the program can do so much for a student. Networking is a huge aspect of having a mentor and they can help you in so many ways. I love our conversations and I truly believe I have gained so much knowledge and grown so much since I have been mentored by Lynn.

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