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The Odyssey Mentoring Program is meant to be a source of support for College students and young alumni. What does that mean exactly? We talked to four members of your class who have used the Odyssey platform extensively about what they've gotten out of the experience.

Eva Farkas CC’20
Eva Farkas CC'20

What has been the most helpful part of being a mentee?

Having candid conversations with alumni about my goals for my career, and steps I can take to accomplish them. While my career could take many paths, my chats with alumni reaffirmed that working on issues that matter to me today will be important for later career development.

What has been the most surprising about being a mentee?

Realizing there are alumni all around the country, people you haven’t even met yet, who are rooting for you and eager to help you succeed in making a difference in the world.


Alice Niu CC’20
Alice Niu CC'20

What has been the most helpful part of being a mentee?

I have learned a lot about various careers by having mentors in all the different industries I was considering, including tech, investment banks, private equity, and hedge funds. I was also able to hone in on my communication and networking skills, which is helpful for building even more meaningful professional connections down the line. When it comes to career development, I truly agree with the phrase, "your network is your net worth".

What has been most surprising about being a mentee?

What surprised me most was how invested my mentors have been in supporting me as much as they could. Despite their busy schedules, they really go the extra mile to provide guidance on my goals and to become important influencers on my own college odyssey.


Ninad Nirgudkar CC'20
Ninad Nirgudkar CC'20

What has been the most helpful part of being a mentee?

Being paired with someone whose career path is similar to mine. My mentor worked in a similar role out of college, went on to further education in a field I’m interested in and has a treasure trove of knowledge that is helping guide me through my decisions. Her experiences and stories helped me prepare for my internship this summer and have made me a better contributor to the team I’m on.

What has been most surprising about being a mentee?

How apt the matching process is! I didn’t think my mentor would be so similar to me in terms of career goals and aspirations, and she has been one of the best resources I’ve ever had. The process was super easy, and within a week of signing up, I was matched. I honestly didn’t think I’d use the platform as much as I do.


Melissa Cook CC’20
Melissa Cook CC'20

What has been the most helpful part of being a mentee?

Hearing from low-income/first-in-family alumni about their transition from college to young adult life. As an independent student (meaning: I don't have familial support), the prospect of getting a job, an apartment, even banal things like groceries, is totally scary! My mentors have been a constant source of validation and advice.

What has been most surprising about being a mentee?

That I can find a lot of helpful advice from alumni who are not in the industries I’m interested in. A lot of successful alumni offer similar (and helpful) tips on breaking into your preferred industry and moving up once you get hired.

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