Liberal Arts Alumni Mentor Program
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Andrew Hoy

Major: Political Science
Minor: Economics, Communications
Hometown: Stone Harbor, NJ

How did you learn about this opportunity?

I learned about the Liberal Arts Alumni Mentor Program during my sophomore year through the Liberal Arts Newswire that is sent out every week. I was looking for more ways to prepare myself for after graduation and I saw a notice for an information session about the program, and eventually I applied to the program.

Tell us a little bit about your experience.

My mentor and I have been matched for about a year. In the time since, we have kept in regular contact. We try to email several times a month, talk on the phone at least once or twice a month, and meet in person at least once a semester. In that time, he’s provided me with priceless information about his experiences and what he’s learned along the way. In our conversations he has provided insight into his career path and the skills he finds necessary to perform his job to the best of his capabilities. He has also always been someone whom I can send my resume to and ask for his opinion on any plans I have for my future. Recently, I spent a day in Pittsburgh shadowing him. This experience was one of the most informative ones I have had in preparing myself for life after college. I was able to not only gain insight into the natural gas industry, but was able to sit in on conference calls, meetings, and observe my mentor go about his daily business. One of the most impactful parts of the experience was seeing how he went about organizing his long list of tasks and the information he is responsible for knowing. How I stay organized is going to be a key part in whatever career path I choose, and watching someone like my mentor, who does it so effectively, was a very valuable experience.

This experience was one of the most informative ones I have had in preparing myself for life after college.

How did this experience impact you academically?

Law school has always been a path that interested me. It was important to me to have a mentor who had gone to law school and could tell me more about what it was like in law school and the career options they had after they graduated. My experiences with my mentor have only confirmed my interest in and prepared me for law school.

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

Like I said before, I’ve always been interested in law school, and talking with and learning from my mentor has only confirmed my interest. In regards to my plans after law school, shadowing my mentor for the day exposed me to the natural gas field, but I will always continue to look out for industries and practices of law that interest me. One thing that my mentor has taught me is that if the right opportunity presents itself, it is good to make a career change. However I consider the most important things I have gained from our relationship are what he has told me about the skills that help him perform his duties and the lessons he has learned on his way to where he is now.

Would you recommend this experience to other Liberal Arts students?

The Liberal Arts Alumni Mentor Program is something that I would recommend to any student, whether they know exactly what they would like to do after graduation or they have no idea. Talking to any professional, especially in fields of interest, provides students with insights into what life will be like after graduation. Even if you end up taking a career path completely different from that of your mentor, you will still take valuable information away from the relationship.

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