When the Executive Advisory Council (EAC) of the Robins School of Business opened its mentoring program to incorporate MBA students as mentors to undergraduate business majors and minors, Lauren Napolitano, ’08 and GB’11, decided to get involved. She credits the decision to the impact that two of her own mentors had on her during her undergraduate years in the Robins School.
“As an undergraduate student, I had two alums who were more informal mentors to me and who were extremely helpful in guiding me through my last year of college,” she says. “They were incredibly influential in my growth and development during that last year, and from that point on, I knew that I wanted to one day help other students the way that they helped me.” 
Although mentors have traditionally been more seasoned executives, Shelley Burns, director of career programs and facilitator for the mentoring program, feels that MBA students can be just as much of a resource.
“We have some really neat people in-house … [MBA students] who are interested in giving back,” Burns explains, “So why not leverage a resource that is already here in the business school?
 
Napolitano was matched with Perry Beal, ’12, who is double-majoring in Latin American and Iberian studies and business with a concentration in marketing. Beal finds it easier to relate to Napolitano, who graduated in 2008, because of her proximity to the anxieties and questions she has about entering the job and internship market.
“I think that one of the best aspects of this program is having a mentor that is such a recent graduate. Lauren is only four years older than I am, and in that respect, we can relate to a lot of things, including having the same professors and entering the job market in a recovering economy,” says Beal.
Not only does Beal feel like she can relate to Napolitano because she’s a recent grad, she says, but their shared experience of being Spiders in the business school has helped forge their relationship.
“The fact that we have alumni who are not just continuing to be a part of the University, but who are also an active part in this program is an invaluable resource for students,” she says. “This is a great opportunity to get advice from people who have not only been through the entire internship and job search, but people who have done so coming from the same place I am.”
Napolitano hopes to impart on Beal the ability to have a broad perspective of how the activities she’s involved in as an undergraduate can aid her in her future. “As a mentor, I hope to help Perry think more about the bigger picture and how all of her experiences as an undergraduate have developed her skill set, which will be beneficial to her in her post-graduate endeavors.”
Already, Napolitano’s efforts are paying off.  
Beal says Napolitano has taught her “to make the most out of every opportunity or experience I have been a part of. It doesn’t matter if it was a babysitting job or a waitressing experience –– these are valuable parts that taught you something and are worthwhile in developing your resume as well as your character.”

When the Executive Advisory Council (EAC) of the Robins School of Business opened its mentoring program to incorporate MBA students as mentors to undergraduate business majors and minors, Lauren Napolitano, ’08 and GB’11, decided to get involved. She credits the decision to the impact that two of her own mentors had on her during her undergraduate years in the Robins School.

“As an undergraduate student, I had two alums who were more informal mentors to me and who were extremely helpful in guiding me through my last year of college,” she says. “They were incredibly influential in my growth and development during that last year, and from that point on, I knew that I wanted to one day help other students the way that they helped me.” 

Although mentors have traditionally been more seasoned executives, Shelley Burns, director of career programs and facilitator for the mentoring program, feels that MBA students can be just as much of a resource.

“We have some really neat people in house … [MBA students] who are interested in giving back,” Burns explains, “So why not leverage a resource that is already here in the business school?"

Napolitano was matched with Perry Beal, ’12, who is double-majoring in Latin American and Iberian studies and business with a concentration in marketing. Beal finds it easier to relate to Napolitano, who graduated in 2008, because of her proximity to the anxieties and questions she has about entering the job and internship market.

“I think that one of the best aspects of this program is having a mentor that is such a recent graduate. Lauren is only four years older than I am, and in that respect, we can relate to a lot of things, including having the same professors and entering the job market in a recovering economy,” says Beal.

Beal says the shared experience of being Spiders in the business school has also helped forge a relationship with Napolitano.

“The fact that we have alumni who are not just continuing to be a part of the University, but who are also an active part in this program is an invaluable resource for students,” she says. “This is a great opportunity to get advice from people who have not only been through the entire internship and job search, but people who have done so coming from the same place I am.”

Napolitano hopes to impart on Beal the ability to have a broad perspective of how the activities she’s involved in as an undergraduate can aid her in her future. “As a mentor, I hope to help Perry think more about the bigger picture and how all of her experiences as an undergraduate have developed her skill set, which will be beneficial to her in her post-graduate endeavors.”

Already, Napolitano’s efforts are paying off.  

Beal says Napolitano has taught her “to make the most out of every opportunity or experience I have been a part of. It doesn’t matter if it was a babysitting job or a waitressing experience — these are valuable parts that taught you something and are worthwhile in developing your résumé as well as your character.”