How will students find and connect with me?

After viewing alumni profiles in the Pathways Mentoring Program database, students may make a request through the system of any alumni who offer a quick conversation. Pathways allows students to search for mentors using all the tabs in your Alumni Directory profile. Search criteria may include geographic location, professional industry, graduate school, major, sports, alumni network group affiliation, etc. For this reason, we encourage you to update all the tabs in your profile and not just your Pathways profile. Once you have been requested, you must decide whether or not you would like to accept.

What do I need to do to prepare for a quick conversation?

Nothing at all. The student who makes the request is expected to initiate contact and schedule the call directly with you, and then be prepared and focused in the quick conversation. We expect the student to have a list of questions and to be mindful of your time constraints. You can see what guidance we give students here. Of course, if you’d like, you may review the student’s profile to learn more about them in advance.

What should I do if I am concerned about a student?

We are here for you. If you are ever concerned about a student, for any reason, please contact pathways@amherst.edu and we will determine the best course of action or source of support.