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?

The program provides professional and personal support to students and alumni. We encourage meetings to happen on a regular cadence and suggest once a month (video chat, phone call, in person meeting, or email conversation) though it’s up to each match to determine what works best for them.

Alumni: You have the opportunity to reconnect inside the Olin bubble and share your professional and personal experiences with students and fellow alumni.

Students: You have exclusive access to a network of Olin alumni ready to share their experiences from life on campus and beyond. Get advice on which courses are most helpful when you have no idea what field to go into, how to deal with that difficult teammate, the politics of an internship or how to cope with the challenges of learning today.

Sign up timeline

Date (2020) Mentee (Students) Deadlines Mentee (Alumni 2017-2020) Deadlines Mentor (Alumni 2006-2016) Deadlines
September 17th Onboard survey deadline Onboard survey deadline Onboard survey deadline
September 21st Mentor profiles public
September 28th Mentor selection deadline Mentor selection deadline
October 1st Match results emailed Match results emailed Match results emailed
October 7th Deadline to schedule first meeting Deadline to schedule first meeting
~Monthly till May 2021 30 minute video chat 30 minute video chat 30 minute video chat
Date (2020) Mentee (Students) Deadliness
September 17th Onboard survey deadline
September 21st Mentor profiles public
September 28th Mentor selection deadline
October 1st Match results emailed
October 7th Deadline to schedule first meeting
~Monthly till May 2021 30 minute video chat

Date (2020) Mentee (Alumni 2017-2020) Deadlines
September 17th Onboard survey deadline
September 21st Mentor profiles public
September 28th Mentor selection deadline
October 1st Match results emailed
October 7th Deadline to schedule first meeting
~Monthly till May 2021 30 minute video chat

Date (2020) Mentor (Alumni 2006-2016) Deadlines
September 17th Onboard survey deadline
October 1st Match results emailed
~Monthly till May 2021 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?

Students as well as Alumni from 2017-2020 can be mentees. Alumni from years 2006-2016 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.



This program is brought to you by: Tara Krishnan (‘13) and Sara Wheeland (‘07)

Have additional questions for us? Feel free to contact us!