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How to Find Mentors – Even if You’re a Freshman

It can be hard to know if you’re on the right path.

You go to class, study, join clubs, and network, but how do you really know if you’re taking the right steps to achieve your goals?

One of the best ways is to find a mentor, and in this episode, recent Tufts University graduates John and Michael Kenny share their strategies for finding a mentor while in college.

They explain how a mentor can help you, how to find a mentor through alumni connections, and how to find an upperclassmen mentor at your own school.

John and Michael are so passionate about mentorship that they even put on a conference about it at their school, and in this episode they share the clever marketing strategies they used to make it a success. If you’re interested in putting on a conference at your school, be sure to check out their guest post for My College Advice, linked to below.

Finally, John and Michael share some game changing advice on growing your network, including the power of cold-calling and the correct way to request an email introduction.

If you’re looking for a mentor but aren’t sure where to start, or if you just want to majorly improve your networking skills, give this episode a listen.

Things mentioned in this episode:

  • MentorCon – The Tufts University conference Michael and John put together
  • Greenhorn Connect – The Boston entrepreneurship organization that inspired John and Michael to put on their own conference
  • National Engineers Week
  • The Entrepreneurs Club at Northeastern University
  • Trello – Keep track of everything, from the big picture to the minute details
  • The Art Of The Email Introduction: 20 Rules For Emailing Busy People by Chris Fralic
  • National Engineering Mentors Organization (NEMO)
  • Create a Mentorship Program at Your University – John and Michael’s Udemy course
  • How to Host an On-Campus Conference – John and Michael’s guest post on My College Advice

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