On a Friday afternoon in the middle of May, I prepared myself, a newly inducted Active in Psi, to meet my assigned mentor through Psi’s Alumni Mentor Program. My mentor, Caitlin Thompson, was a member of Beta Rho and continued on into the field of Public Policy as an Anthropology major. Being a Political Science major myself, I really wanted to gain the perspective of someone who not only was working in the field I wanted to go into, but also was able to graduate from UCLA while balancing multiple responsibilities (something I’ve learned is hard enough to do on its own).
Admittedly, I was a bit nervous at first, my natural timidness not helped by the fact that I was soon going to be doing a Zoom call with someone who was, until that moment, a complete stranger. Fortunately, my fears were alleviated as soon as I got the chance to actually talk to my mentor. We talked about our lives, our hobbies, and about how career paths and interests can change as you continue on through college. More than conversations strictly about careers in public policy, Caitlin gave me helpful tips about college life and the great advice to make sure that I take time for self-care, especially during these difficult times.
While it was definitely insightful to talk to my alumni mentor about career related topics, I felt especially happy that I was simply able to reach out to an alumnus that I had previously not known. I felt I was able to have a genuine conversation about my everyday activities and how I was dealing with college life, this being especially meaningful since this year turned out much different than I expected. I’m glad I had the opportunity to reach out to my mentor and I'm excited to be able to talk to alumni in the future!