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I am so pleased to introduce you to our Alumni Mentors program, now beginning its fourth year and still growing. We are so grateful to our many alumni who have shared their stories and helped current students with career, and life, advice. As we all know, many students are passionate about arts and sciences but worry that a degree will not lead directly to a rewarding career. As hundreds of studies and surveys confirm each year, nothing could be further from the truth. The skills and knowledge that you receive with an arts and sciences education prepare you—as well as, or better than, other majors—for the rapidly changing economy of the twenty-first century. One recent study concluded that, 20 years from now, one-half of all jobs or careers there will be do not exist today. Graduates will need, more than ever, to be adaptable, be lifelong learners, and be able relate to and work with people from every part of the United States and the world. Our alumni do that. These College of Arts and Sciences alumni have agreed to serve as mentors for current or future students. Included are short biographies and an email link. Students, please read their stories and, if you’d like, reach out to these CAS alums and get advice and hear more about how their degrees here made all of that possible.

Christopher J. Olsen
Dean, College of Arts and Sciences