Another key point emphasized by all of our panel members is being proactive in fostering mentoring relationships early on in your undergraduate career. No matter what trajectory you follow once you complete your bachelor's, chances are, you will need people (read: more than just one person) to vouch for your character, provide a reference for a job or write a letter of recommendation for graduate school. Becoming connected with faculty (beyond just attending their class) can often lead to mutually beneficial relationships - especially if you are assisting a faculty member with their research and doing a really awesome job!
The take home:
- Develop mentoring relationships with as many individuals as you think you need
- Be open and curious
- Be super respectful and always work hard
- Say thank you - a lot!
- Be yourself and ask lots of questions