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Eliza wanted to explore career options open to environmental studies majors so she signed up for Lake Forest College’s Mentor Program, which pairs students with alumni based on professional interests. The program is designed to help students explore career paths, to create and define professional goals, to understand the job market, and to prepare for the professional world or graduate school.
She was matched with Betsey Starinchak Frank, Class of 1988, a former biology major who had worked for Abbott Laboratories and the Shedd Aquarium before opening her own consulting business. They met for coffee, where Betsey shared her own professional background and asked Eliza about her interests and goals. “It was so valuable to hear somebody else’s perspective who had gone to Lake Forest College and see what they’re doing now,” Eliza recalls.