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Monday, November 18, 2013

CDes Mentor Program

The College of Design has a mentor program that is offered to juniors and seniors. The goal of the college is to pair all applicants with mentors who work in the fields of design offered through CDes.

This year, as a senior, I applied again for the program and was paired with a professional working at KaasWilson Architects. The kick-off meeting is held in the Great Room at the McNamara Alumni Center - a very inspirational space for design students!

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Appetizers are served, a short announcement about the program is made both by Dean Fisher and program coordinator, Lucy Reile, and then the rest of the time is spent conversing with our mentors. The goal of the program is to learn as much as you want or can about the field you are studying from a professional who can share their expertise with you.

The program encourages each mentee to meet with their mentor once per month (more if your mentor agrees to it). From November to April, I have created a list of one thing I would like to do with my mentor each month:
1. Kick-Off Meeting
2. Cover Letter and Resume
3. Visit KaasWilson Architects and shadow my mentor for the morning
4. Coffee
5. Site Visit for a project my mentor is working on
6. Portfolio Review

I look forward to learning more about architecture from my mentor and encourage everyone to apply for the program! The program is a great success and many professionals love to mentor students. You can check out the mentor program website here. You can no longer apply for this year, but keep an eye out in your emails next September!

Best,
Jen
B.S. in Architecture