Pamplin's Undergraduate Mentoring Programs (PUMP)
Pamplin’s Undergraduate Mentoring Programs (PUMP) assist incoming students with their college transition by providing positive academic, professional, and social environments outside of the classroom. PUMP peer mentors are selected and trained to offer academic advice and guidance to incoming students while providing their own student perspective on the Pamplin experience. PUMP also provides a series of professional workshops for peer mentees and peer mentors. These professional workshops will include topics such as building your brand, networking, and interviewing.
All new Pamplin students (including freshmen and transfers) are encouraged to join PUMP. Freshman mentees are paired with an upperclassmen mentor who is excited to help with the transition to Virginia Tech. PUMP provides mentees with academic, social, and professional resources and opportunities so they can have the best possible start to their Pamplin experience. Mentees develop friendships while gaining a better understanding of Virginia Tech, Pamplin, their academic major, and professional opportunities in business. Mentees also participate in exclusive workshops delivered by campus leaders and recruiting companies.
The PUMP mentor position offers exceptional students the opportunity to be both leaders on campus and mentors to new Pamplin students. Mentors are committed to helping their PUMP mentees adjust to life at Virginia Tech and transition to Pamplin academically and socially. The time spent mentoring and coordinating activities varies but usually averages around two to three hours per week.
- Serve as an energetic and enthusiastic volunteer to help first-year students succeed at Virginia Tech and the Pamplin College of Business
- Provide assistance and support for first-year students with a focus on a smooth transition, acclimation, and a sense of belonging
- Help first-year students feel comfortable by being aware of and responsive to their needs and concerns
- Serve as a resource and positive role model for students new to the College
- Participate in monthly professional development workshops
- Attend monthly peer mentor meetings with the PUMP advisor
Mentors have the opportunity to:
- Build close relationships with new students and positively impact students’ Pamplin experiences
- Gain personal and professional leadership experience
- Become recognized as a student leader
- Network with Pamplin alumni and recruiters from Pamplin’s corporate partners
PUMP has provided many opportunities to get ahead in my career field as a freshman and helped me network with Pamplin’s top business partners.” - Nikita Vasudevan, Class of 2022, Finance
PUMP is a program that opens doors for first-year students by exposing them to essential business learning opportunities that other students may not be aware of. It gave me the opportunity to connect with likeminded peers and bridge new relationships amongst them. Apart from that, the mentors in the program offer great advice on any questions or concerns you might encounter during your time in PUMP. I cannot stress enough the value of being in this program brings to business students in making available opportunities you may not otherwise be granted". - Mason Moriarty, Class of 2022, Finance
PUMP helped guide me through freshman year because my mentor was able to offer various study strategies, recommend professors, and answer any other questions I had. Throughout the year, I became closer with my mentoring group as we took classes and studied together. PUMP also allowed me to connect with other freshman business students, faculty, and alumni. My experience as a freshman encouraged me to become a mentor the following year and help more students in their transition to Pamplin. “ - Patrick Fruchterman (PUMP Leadership Team), Class of 2020, Business Information Technology
PUMP has been the best organization I have been a part of at Virginia Tech. Not only did this organization help me in my transition into college, it brought me some of my closest friends and helped me develop skills that I can use in the workplace. I was able to learn from workshops as a mentee, develop management skills from being a mentor, and improve my networking skills while serving on the leadership team.” – Serena Smith (PUMP Leadership Team), Class of 2020, Management and Marketing