A mentee takes an active role and responsibility for his or her learning and development and a mentor facilitates that growth by asking thought-provoking questions that help you to reflect on your experiences. The intended outcome is that you will be able to make strategic and informed decisions regarding your academic and professional life. Ultimately, a mentor will ask you the questions that you may not be asking yourself.


The mission of the program is to foster a culture of mentoring at Amherst that:

  • Connects students with alumni mentors through a structured framework encouraging productive conversations.
  • Empowers alumni mentors to engage students in critical thinking that is reflective and strategic.
  • Offers opportunities for alumni to build mentoring skills.

How It Works

Program Structure

Pathways offers short- to long-term mentoring engagements that are initiated on a cyclical basis. Mentors and mentees are encouraged to be in contact at least twice a month during the mentoring term.

Mentoring terms run on the following schedule:

  • Fall Term 2017: September 1, 2016 - December 29, 2017
    Mentor Request Period: September 1 - September 30, 2017
  • Spring Term 2018: January 19 - May 30, 2018
    Mentor Request Period: January 19 – February 19, 2018

Mentors can accept up to two mentees at any given time, while mentees can have only one active mentor per term.

At the end of each term, active mentor relationships automatically terminate so that they can be evaluated. If a mentor and mentee would like to formally continue their relationship, the mentee can re-request their mentor through the Pathways directory for another term.

Benefits of Having a Mentor

  • Having someone to talk with about choosing a major
  • Learning more about a specific industry or career field
  • Gaining perspective and support on academic pursuits and challenges
  • Developing insight about how to make the most of your time at Amherst
  • Utilizing an opportunity to cultivate a relationship over time