August 24, 2017

Earl Woods Scholar mentor, Jen O’Connor on the Power of Mentorship


The cornerstone of the Earl Woods Scholar Program is its mentor network. These valuable relationships are life-changing for the scholars, many of whom are first-generation students with little or no practical guidance on college life and career planning.

Each Earl Woods Scholar is partnered with a dedicated mentor who serves as an advocate, career coach, personal advisor and role model throughout their college experience. The mentors provide their scholar with advice and resources needed to help them succeed within their chosen degree and develop skills necessary for their professional career.

We interviewed Earl Woods Scholar mentor and USC’s Associate Director of Alumni and Student Career Services, Jennifer O’Connor, to get her perspective on what it has meant to be a mentor and provide one-on-one guidance to her scholar. Jennifer is a mentor to Lizette Rodriguez, who is attending Brown University and studying psychology.

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