Make a Difference to a Brother, Become a Mentor

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Last school year, we created a mentor program for the Sigma Nu actives, loosely modeled on the GT mentor program. It turned out to be a great success and now we want to do another round of pairings between alumni and actives. The purpose will be for each alumni mentor to be available to their active mentee for advice and guidance over the next 12-18 months.

This will not require a lot of time or effort and should be fun. For most of the alumni who participated in the last round, the commitment entailed one or two in-person meetings/lunches over the course of the year and a willingness to be available for career advice or networking. There are about 30 actives who have signed up, so we need 30 alumni who are willing to be a part of the program.

Once all of our alumni mentors are committed, we'll request a bit more info from our undergraduates (hometown, major, job, etc.) and then send out the mentor/mentee pairings as well as a few basic instructions and suggestions.

Email Alex Brown at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like to participate or refer other GA alum who might be interested. Please spread the word. All interested Gamma Alpha alumni are welcome to participate.

We recently sat down with Dan Furman ’16 and asked him a few questions about his experience with the program …

Tell us a little bit about yourself (grad year, major, hometown, family, etc.):
- Graduation: May 2016
- Major: Business Administration with a minor in Economics
- Hometown: Alpharetta, Ga.
- Sigma Nu Offices: Past Treasurer and Recruitment Chair; Current Lieutenant Commander (Vice President)

What did you hope to get out of the mentoring experience?
An opportunity to have someone that I can discuss career goals with as well as weigh how potential internship opportunities can impact those goals. I was also hoping for an outlet to expand my network.

Give us some details about your mentoring experience: How often did you meet, where did you meet, what did you discuss, how did your mentor share his experiences with you, etc.
Great experience! We met about once a month usually for coffee or lunch. We discussed many things including Sigma Nu, current news and my career goals. It was great hearing about my mentor’s college experience and to see that he had many of the same struggles I have today. I also enjoyed learning about what Sigma Nu was like when he was in school. We also completed a few personality assessments to improve my leadership.

How has the mentoring experience helped you move closer to your goals?
My mentor helped me weigh my internship offers. The experience has helped move me closer to figuring out what I want to do when I graduate in May 2016.

Would you encourage other active brothers to participate? Why?
Absolutely. It is awesome to hear from an older brother on what Sigma Nu was like when he was in school. It is a great connection to make and helps you expand your network! Furthermore, mentors are able to give you advice on your collegiate goals!

Will you consider serving as a mentor after you graduate?
Yes, it is a great way to stay involved with both Georgia Tech and Sigma Nu, both of which have provided me with tremendous opportunities!