SAM fosters connections between students and alumni.
Students looking for advice from people who were once in their shoes. Alumni volunteers who want to provide advice and perspectives. Hundreds of industries, job functions, majors, and other connections to make.
We try to get both alumni and students to register online for the SAM program so they can connect with each other. Our mission is to empower students to cultivate personalized networks that shape their professional journey, and this is one tool we use to do that. Our vision is for students to transform their education and ambitions into meaningful work over the course of their lifetime.
ABOUT STANFORD ALUMNI MENTORING
Since 2002, thousands of students have been connected to awesome alumni mentors through SAM. Whether you’re an alum looking to share your perspectives and advice with current students, or a student trying to figure out how to navigate life at Stanford and beyond, SAM is for you.
As a student, you may want to connect only once with an alum over coffee or the phone, or you may want to establish a deeper, long-term mentoring connection. SAM allows you to do both!
As an alum, you have the opportunity to answer questions posed to the entire alumni community by students, accept a mentee for long-term mentorship, or simply grab a one-time coffee or take a phone call with a student.
The secret to a great mentor connection is to approach the relationship with an open mind, empathy, respect, a willingness to vulnerable and honest, and clear expectations for what you are hoping to get out of the mentoring connection - this goes for both students and alumni.