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First Year Experience
The First Year Experience Seawolf Mentor program pairs first year students with someone who has walked in their shoes and is invested in their success — a person ready to listen, inspire, help navigate challenges and recognize opportunities. Students will learn what to expect in school, how to approach challenges, gain study advice and valuable insights, while mentors will build their networks and develop skills to become better professionals and leaders.
The Seawolf Career program pairs students (sophomores, juniors, seniors, and graduate students) with UAA Alumni who can provide more specialized career guidance to students in helping them transition from the academic life of a student to a full-time professional in their industry. Students will have the opportunity to expand their professional network and hone their professional skills to guide them in their professional aspirations.
How It Works:
First, identify which program is most appropriate for you! First Year students should head to Seawolf Mentor - First Year Experience. Students beyond the first year wanting more specialized mentoring should head to Seawolf Career. Students looking for a mentor should click on "Find a Mentor" button. Those looking to mentor someone should click on "Become a Mentor". Students will be matched with a peer mentor based on common interests, background, academics, and professional aspirations. To get started, students and mentors register and complete an online matching survey to assess personality and experience.
First Year Students Will Discuss...
- Ways to get through a difficult class
- Ideas for how to approach faculty members with questions
- Strategies to help with school / life balance
- Connecting with student organizations or campus resources
- Suggestions to further explore interest and career goals
Career Mentorship Students Will Discuss...
- What types of jobs exist in the professional field of study
- Ideas for securing an internship or a job in the field
- Strategies on building a professional network
- How to apply academic work to a job or an internship
- What most inspires a student about their career path
What Mentees Say
“[My mentor] helped me answer the question of how to form strong relationships with my professors by giving me an actionable strategy to having strong purposeful visits to their office hours.”
“I'm really excited to have someone there for me. It's nice knowing that I'm not completely alone and hopefully can be someone I can reach out to if I'm having a hard time in school or other activities.”
“My mentor has been an amazing help in my life, he makes me realize and see things more clearly. Sometimes it's in front of your face but can't see until someone puts it into words for you.”
What Mentors Say
“I'm volunteering to mentor because I've been fortunate enough to have mentors who guided me throughout my academic and professional careers & I feel like I am finally able to give back. “
“I would like to give back and help current students achieve their goals, sometimes all it takes is a simple conversation.”
“I have personally benefited from the help of some great mentors both in my personal life and academic/career life. At my first real job after college I was assigned a mentor on my first day that has been nothing but supportive and helpful to me as I embarked on a new journey. Mentorship has been a very valuable asset to my life and career so far. I believe it is my duty to also give back like the mentors who have been part of my success so far.“
UAA Launches new Seawolf Mentor Program: Seawolf Career
Anchorage, Alaska. After the successful launch of UAA’s Seawolf Mentor program in Fall 2020 that pairs first year students with returning student peer mentors, we are pleased to extend the mentorship program to support upper division students. UAA’s new mentorship program, Seawolf Career, is an online mentorship program that matches students with alumni and other mentors in the UAA community to help students set and achieve their goals, both academic and professional.
The vision for the program aligns with the UAA 2025 strategic priority of promoting student success by putting students first. The program aims to help students meet a range of unique career-related challenges by providing them with personalized mentorship from alumni with similar academic backgrounds and professional experiences.
Through Seawolf Career, UAA students will now have ongoing access to a network of mentors trained to offer guidance and professional advice. Students will be matched with a personal mentor based on common academic interests, career goals, life challenges, and experiences. Students can also use the platform’s discussion guides and goal-setting activities to spark meaningful conversations with their mentors. Topics range from time management and work-life balance to networking and job-seeking advice.
The launch of Seawolf Career reflects the latest research on the positive impacts of personalized, student-centered programs showing that mentorship is an effective tool to increase graduation rates and academic achievement in higher education.
Seawolf Career is actively enrolling students and mentors for the 2021-2022 academic year. If you are interested in learning more about Seawolf Career, please contact Joe Bruner (email@example.com), Student Success Specialist in the Office of Student Success.
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