UO English maintains a database of interested alumni who received a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Oregon. These UO English alumni have volunteered their time, experience, and expertise to answer your questions about the English major experience, post grad exploration, job-hunting, transitioning to the work world, finding and pursuing a career path, and their current jobs.
You can search the database by year of graduation, geographic region, career/trade field, or see a full list of mentors.
Be courteous and professional when contacting and communicating with UO English Alumni Mentors. Maintaining standards of etiquette is essential to fostering a successful experience and shows respect for these busy professionals who have volunteered their time to answer your questions:
- Don’t ask alumni mentors for a job! They are here to provide you with information about their experiences as English majors and their professional or trade fields.
- Start a conversation. Don’t simply run through your list of questions.
- Use proper email etiquette:
- Use “UO English Alumni Mentors” as a subject line
- Include an appropriate salutation such as “Dear Ms. Jones”
- Use a polite, conversational tone
- End with a complimentary close like “Thank you for your time,” “Best wishes,” or “Sincerely”
- Proofread your message before you hit “send”
- Some mentors prefer that you to contact them by telephone. If so, be sure to ask if they are available to speak or if they would rather schedule a later time. If you leave a message, be sure to identify yourself and the program and facilitate a reply by leaving your contact information.
Asking Questions, Starting a Conversation:
You should also consider engaging mentors in a conversation about their time at UO to help you think about ways to get more out of the major and the college experience.