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The benefits of establishing student/alumni mentoring programs are immense. Students will have the opportunity to connect with alums who were once “in their shoes” as undergraduate college students, who faced similar decisions to choose a major, think about graduate school or a profession, and simply “what to do with my life after Hanover College.”

 

Students will be able to ask their alumni mentors questions on various topics such as professional development, career and industry, relocation, and financial literacy. Alumni mentors will have the opportunity to be a “coach” to student mentees, helping navigate through challenges in an academic program, giving advice on building a strong resume, practicing how to interview for graduate school or job placement, and assisting in professional networking.

 

Through the COACH Mentoring Program, both students and alumni have the chance to build a stronger connection to the College, to invest time, energy, and focus on oneself with a well-suited support system. To uphold the mission of Hanover College, students and alums will be able to practice lifelong inquiry, transformative learning, and meaningful service.

Informal vs Formal Program

timeline

  • December 15 – Deadline for mentee information forms 
  • January 5 - Deadline for mentor information forms, resume, and videos for the formal program
  • January 15 – Alumni biographies complete and students able to fully review mentor-menu (formal program)
  • January 21 – Optional zoom meet and greet at noon EST
  • January 27 – Mentor training at noon EST
  • February 1 – Deadline for students to preference mentors (up to five- formal program)
  • February 3 & 4 - Mentor and mentee matching begins
  • February 5 – Emails to paired mentors and mentees
  • February 9 – Orientation/Kick-off Meeting 1:30 – 2:30 PM EST
  • First Thursday of Each Month:  Informal Mentors Monthly Meeting 12:00 p.m. 
    *dates are subjective to change

testimonials

We talk every Monday afternoon and set goals for the upcoming week and celebrate great accomplishments! Having a mentor has been really helpful. Lauren has given me advice on all sorts of things such as how to approach a roommate about various topics, how to make it through quarantine (and share my experience to the school), how to speak up to a professor, and most importantly, finding time to give myself a break and relax. One of my biggest goals this year was expanding my social network, and Lauren has helped me find open doors to take advantage of, as well as get me into contact with people she knows. She has also helped me draft emails to different people, making me feel confident in the message I was sending. Ultimately, she has been exceptional at lending a listening ear when I needed to rant about chemistry and providing a different point of view to see the situation.

Last semester has by far been my most loved semester during my time here at Hanover. Partly because I loved my classes, but mainly because my mentor was there to help me feel and act my best. We plan to meet face to face in June and possibly again in October, which I am deeply excited about. - Maddie Mann '23

QUESTIONS?

coachmentoring@hanover.edu:  Interested in learning more?  Contact Jenny and Christy today.

Jenny Siepler Moss '06
Director of Internships
Levett Career Center


Christy Hughes
Director of Alumni Relations​
Office of Advancement

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