Banter

TL;DR.

Meet an Olin alumnus. 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.



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Banter is a mentoring program that connects Oliners- who better to help out than someone who's been there? There are two types of matches:

Student/Alumni Matches

The program provides professional and personal support to students while giving alumni a chance to reconnect with 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 and connect through email.

Alumni/Alumni Matches

Similar to student/alumni matches, but with added bonuses! Bonuses like: what to do if you are a few years out of college and still not sure what you want to be when you grow up, how to deal with teammates who aren't Olin-feedback trained, and how to handle the influx of new responsibilities that can come with graduating.

Sign up!

If you've signed up, check out mentor profiles and select your possible mentors! Deadline for selection is September 27th.


Mentor Profiles:

Mentor Selection Voting:

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?

Anyone who is attending or has ever attended Olin can participate!
Current students: paired with a mentor from classes 2006-2012
Alumni classes 2013-2017: paired with an alumni mentor from classes 2006-2012, preferably one that is 3+yrs ahead to encourage more cross pollination
Alumni classes 2006-2012: paired with one or more mentees. You can request being matched with a student or an alumni if you have a preference. The past few years we’ve consistently had a few more volunteers than could get matched, so matches not guaranteed but are highly probable.

How are the pairings made?

Step 1: fill out the survey - class 2018-2021, class 2013-2017, class 2006-2012.
Step 2: we send out slides highlighting each mentor, generated from the survey
Step 3: students/ young alumni 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 ! This program is brought to you by: Sara Wheeland (‘07) and Bill Dvorak (‘10)