Frequently Asked Questions ​

These are Frequently Asked Questions when considering the Ag Alumni Mentoring Program. If you have any further questions please contact Brandi Farrer, 


Why should I participate in the Purdue Ag Alumni Mentoring Program?
  • Alumni should participate because we have an ever-growing number of students from all majors who want to connect with alumni.  Mentoring is a fun, rewarding, and meaningful way to connect with current College of Agriculture students. 

What is the goal of the Purdue Ag Alumni Mentoring Program?
  • The goal of the program is to connect current students with alumni of the College of Agriculture to have access to someone that has already had experience in the working world.

Who’s going to manage, coordinate and oversee the program?
  • Brandi Farrer, Purdue Ag Alumni Association – Alumni Program Manager, will coordinate matching Purdue Ag Alumni mentors and College of Agriculture student mentees.

How does the program work?
  • We ask that you fill out the Mentor Profile for alumni and the Student Profile​ for students, then you will be placed in our mentor database. At the beginning of each semester, we pair mentors and mentees based off profiles submitted. You will have the right to refuse when we contact you. Just because you have submitted your profile to us and you are in our database, does not mean you are obligated to participate in the program.

How is the mentoring program structured?
  • We keep the program unstructured so that it can easily fit into a busy lifestyle. We provide tips and tools that are helpful to keep the conversation going.

What is the time commitment?
  • The time commitment for the program is only one semester long and only requires as much time as you and your mentee want to spend on the program.

How long will the mentoring program last? 
  • The program will only be one semester long experience.

How many times may an Ag Alumni member participate in the program?
  • Ag Alumni may participate as many times as they would like to in the Purdue Ag Alumni Mentoring Program.

How will Purdue Ag Alumni pair mentors and mentees?
  • The Purdue Ag Alumni manager of the program will be matching mentors with student mentees. The pairing will be based primarily on matching gifts and skills of the mentor with goals and needs of the mentee.  Major, interests, career path, and other information will serve as secondary matching criteria.

What tips and guidance should we give to our mentees?
What ongoing support should we make available to mentees?
  • Try to communicate with your mentee as often as you both can. The contact communication can be a mix of phone calls, email, personal meetings if possible, etc.

How many mentees will I have if I am a mentor?
  • ​As a mentor, you will only be paired with one mentee for the one semester commitment.

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