by Jillian Trubee
It took me a long time to figure out how to best get involved at Leeds. I finally heard about the Professional Mentorship Program through a friend. She talked about all of the amazing things her mentor was doing for her, even getting her a summer internship. I thought it was amazing that all of these business professionals from all over the country were giving their time and energy to students at Leeds. I knew I had to be a part of such a wonderful program.
When I first joined the program, I was a finance major and having a difficult time finding my footing in the business school. I had no idea what I wanted; I didn’t even have a direction of where I wanted to go or how I was going to get there. This program was supposed to help me with that and they placed me with a mentor who was great. I slowly started to realize that I was on the wrong path at Leeds and I needed to fix it immediately. I decided that I was more of a people person than a numbers person and switched my emphasis to management, specifically human resources. With this change, I thought getting a better insight into the industry would be helpful therefore I requested a mentor change and it was the best thing I could have done for myself in the program.
While my relationship with my mentor, Cinda, is still very new and fresh, it has been the most rewarding experience thus far. We meet every two weeks and she engages me in discussing my classes and how they relate to the HR industry. She is going above and beyond to set up coffee meetings with numerous HR directors from big name companies all over Boulder like Celestial Seasonings and Boulder Brands. I even have home cooked dinners with her and her husband at their home in Niwott. She has embraced me as her mentee and I could not be happier. Most importantly she has helped me realize that I am on the right path and that my future is bright regardless if I don’t know exactly what I will end up doing.