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Mentors Testimonials

Kelli Fultz

 Kelli fultz with her mentees

Why did you want to be a mentor?

I saw this mentorship program as a very unique opportunity to make an impact on the incoming freshmen in Krannert. I love this University and school, and I wanted to share that passion with Krannert's newest class of students.

What was your favorite part of the program/experience?

My favorite part of the program was being able to build strong friendships - not only with the new students, but with our mentorship class as well. The assignments for the course were engaging for both the mentors and the mentees, so I found myself truly wanting to do the "work." I wish that I was sticking around one more year for round two of the program!

What was something you learned in the course?

The most memorable thing I learned in the course is that any one person could have multiple mentors. Not all mentorships last forever, and each mentor is unique to a specific aspect of one's life. For example, I could simultaneously have one mentor for my educational goals, a different one for my career goals, and even a third for my personal goals. I had never considered this before, and it will be extremely useful to consider as I transition into the next stage of my life.

 

Dan Norcross

 

Why did you want to be a mentor?

My inspiration to join the program came from my time spent as a BGR TL. There’s an incredible culture of improvement at Purdue (my favorite part of the university), buildings are always under construction, curriculums are constantly being updated, and programs are created all to benefit student life. To me joining these organizations is a fun way to give back to Purdue and help someone out that was in my shoes a few years ago. 

 What was your favorite part of the program/experience?

Favorite part of my experience would have to be pioneering the first class that completed the program. My enthusiasm is always high when I’m doing something that’s never been done before and it was a great experience to set the foundation for something that will grow in time. 

What was something you learned in the course?

"Wise leaders understand that the single greatest determinant of whether followers will ever own a vision is the extent to which whose followers believe the leader will own it”  - Bill Hybes 
I work as a Facility Manager at the CoRec and my supervisor shared this quote at our last weekly meeting, I think it does a great job of summarizing my experiences as a leader and a mentor during my college experience. You have to practice what you preach, the best way to lead is by example. 

 

Anne Marie Sullivan

 ann marie sullivan with mentee

Why did you want to be a mentor?

I wanted to be a KLD mentor because during my time at Purdue I have had the help of many upperclassmen to get involved and be successful in Krannert. With their help I have gained information and experiences that I thought would be beneficial to share with new students. I have loved the family that Krannert has become to me and I wanted to share that passion with new students!

 What was your favorite part of the program/experience?

My favorite part of the program has been seeing new students integrate themselves into Krannert throughout the last 7 months. Whether they were my direct mentees or other new students who participated in the program, seeing them involved within the school gets me excited about the work that KLD does and the impact these new students will have on Krannert for the next 4 years.

What was something you learned in the course?

One thing I learned throughout the MGMT 390 class was the different types of mentorship. My personal mentorship experiences are just one of the many ways a mentor relationship could form. Learning about mentoring not only from Christine but from my peers opened my eyes to the different possibilities of mentoring in areas of my life that I hadn't considered before.

 

Trevor DeWitt

 Trevor with his fellow mentor

Why did you want to be a mentor?

I wanted to be a mentor because I felt like I really benefitted from an informal mentor in my first few years in Krannert.  I thought being a mentor could help me to pass down some of the valuable information I have learned about professionalism, academics, and involvement in Krannert.  Overall, I just wanted to do what I could to help develop the next round of leaders in Krannert.

 What was your favorite part of the program/experience?

I really enjoyed the ability to see the growth of a freshman student during the mentorship period.  At the beginning you can just tell the freshmen are overloaded with information and stressed out.  I enjoyed being able to help them settle down and provide them with some professional, social, and academic tips to help them succeed. The most gratifying part was seeing them slowly become more comfortable with me and then to see them learn and apply the tips I gave them.

What was something you learned in the course?

Throughout the course I learned about the proper way to form a mentor-mentee relationship and that there are distinct stages in the process.  Learning what to expect in each of these stages was helpful in assessing the growth and quality of the mentoring I was providing. 

 

Abe Parkison

 Abe with his mentee

Why did you want to be a mentor?

I wanted to make a significant difference in the life of my mentees so that they can excel in the classroom and land of great job after college.  In order to do so, I wanted my mentees to have a seamless transition from high school into Krannert.  Being from a very small high school, it took me a very long time to transition and become comfortable in college.  As a mentor, I have the opportunity to be a resource for my mentees so that they can have a firm foundation to start their college careers at Krannert!

What was your favorite part of the program/experience?

As a mentor, I took it upon myself to not only introduce Purdue to my mentees but the Greater Layette community as well.  My mentees and I had an ice social on the banks of the mighty Wabash during one Saturday afternoon.  We had the opportunity to enjoy the scenic river valley and become more familiar and comfortable with the community so that we can call Greater Lafayette our second home.

What was something you learned in the course?

I never thought I would learn so much being a mentor.  I have learned to become an effective communicator, a persistent encourager, and a confidence builder during my involvement with MGMT 390.

Kevin Leung

 Kevin Leung

Why did you want to be a mentor?

During my freshman year I had several mentors who not only made me feel welcome at Purdue, but showed me what it takes to be successful in college. I had always wanted to pay it forward and when I heard about the mentorship program I felt it would be a great opportunity to help new students find their place at Purdue.

What was your favorite part of the program/experience?

By far the best part of the program was having the opportunity to meet newly admitted students and get to know each of them personally. While we worked on resumes, plans of studies, and other developmental areas, the most memorable moments were the social events where we were able to get to know each other.

What was something you learned in the course?

Like many of the skills we learned throughout the course while they were intended to help our mentees, they also proved helpful in many other areas of our lives. During one of the MGMT 390 lectures we had a discussion of active listening and how it now only helps people pay better attention, but will help the listener better understand what is truly being said. Active listening skills have helped me in the classroom, during professional events, as well as when talking with friends.