30 Minute Mentors

What It Is

30 Minute Mentors is an opportunity for students to sit down for a half hour conversation with an alumni mentor. The discussion is informal and based on the students' interests and questions. Alumni can talk about their own education and career paths and share insights on degrees, jobs, campus involvement, life after college, and more.

How It Works

Profiles of each alumni mentor will be posted online. Interested students will be able to review the profiles and sign-up to speak with the alumni mentor(s) whose background or experience is of interest to them.

Prior to the mentoring session, an academic adviser will give alumni a brief overview of the program, some helpful tips, and items to be aware of.

Become a Mentor

Each 30 Minute Mentors event has a specific focus and a desired mentor profile. Alumni Relations works with various partners to host several events throughout the year and current opportunities are listed below.

These are one-time volunteer opportunities with no expectation of an ongoing mentor commitment.


October 15, 2019 - Exploratory Students

This event will target first- and second-year students, particularly those who have not yet decided on a major or are considering a change.

Recent alumni will share their experience choosing a major, give advice for getting involved on campus, and talk about their experience as a student and in their career. 30 Minute Mentors is an opportunity for students to get real world insight from successful alumni. These mentoring sessions will be held in groups of two to three students and one alumni mentor.

This 30 Minute Mentors event is held in partnership with the CLAS Academic Advising Center.

Mentor Profile

We are looking for alumni of all majors, careers, and backgrounds to serve as mentors, and are particularly interested in alumni who:

  • Graduated between 2008 and 2016
  • Were initially undecided in their major or changed their major
  • Were involved on campus, through student organizations, athletics, club sports, etc.

If you are interested in volunteering as a mentor for this event, please contact Kyle Barnhart at barnhkyl@gvsu.edu