Banter

TL;DR.

Meet an Olin alum. Find an awesome mentor. Discuss life at Olin, how to adult, what you did last week, and everything in between. Hindsight is 20/20! Borrow some perspective from someone who's been there. We match you with a mentor that you meet each month on video for the academic year.



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Banter is a mentoring program that connects Oliners—who better to help out than someone who's been there?

First year/Alumni Matches

The program provides professional and personal support to students while giving alumni a chance to reconnect inside the Olin bubble. Students can get advice on which courses are most helpful when they have no idea what field they want to go into, how to deal with that difficult teammate, the politics of an internship and even on coping with being across the country (or world!) from family. Though each match determines what works best, they generally meet once a month on video chat.

Sign up timeline

Date (2019) Mentee (first year) Deadlines Mentor (alums 2006-2015) Deadlines
September 13 Onboard survey deadline Onboard survey deadline
September 20 Mentor profiles public
September 27 Mentor selection deadline
September 30 Match results emailed Match results emailed
October 7 Deadline to schedule first meeting
~Monthly till May 2020 30 minute video chat 30 minute video chat
Date (2019) Mentee (first years) Deadlines
September 13 Onboard survey deadline
September 20 Mentor profiles public
September 27 Mentor selection deadline
September 30 Match results emailed
October 7 Deadline to schedule first meeting
~Monthly till May 2020 30 minute video chat

Date (2019) Mentor (alums 2006-2015) Deadlines
September 13 Onboard survey deadline
September 30 Match results emailed
~Monthly till May 2020 30 minute video chat

FAQ

I’m a current student. Do I have to know what I want to do after Olin?

Nope, but you should indicate on your slide that you don’t know your post-grad plans. How many people even know what they want to do next week? We don’t require you to know the future, but any questions you may have regarding life after Olin will certainly serve to enrich the conversation!

How do pairs communicate? What do they talk about?

Most pairs video chat, but it will be up to each match to establish a monthly time and communication format that will work for them. We will provide encouragement and monthly topics that can be used as conversation starters. Each pair will set the tone for their meetings, but you should be thinking "coffee with a friend" rather than "business interview."

How long is the program? What is the time commitment?

You’ll be getting your match in October and we’ll be checking in with you until August, but we hope you’ll keep in touch after Banter officially ends for the year. Expect to set aside one hour per month to meet or communicate with your match.

How does participation work? Who can participate?

First years can be mentees. Alumni from years 2006-2015 can be mentors.

How are the pairings made?

Step 1: fill out the survey
Step 2: we send out slides highlighting each mentor, generated from the survey
Step 3: first years read through profiles and excellence vote on who they would like to be paired with
Step 4: we optimize the pairings
Step 5: we send out introductory slides and emails to the matches
Step 6: Banter! We send out monthly topics for conversation inspiration

Will I only be connected to 1 person the whole year?

Each match persists for one year and will be the primary person you’re talking with.



Have additional questions for us ? Email us olinbanterbees@gmail.com ! This program is brought to you by: Sara Wheeland (‘07) and Bill Dvorak (‘10)